Legendary fast bowler Jeff Thomson said he was “embarrassed” by Australia‘s performance in the second Test of The Ashes at Lord’s. Australia lost the match by 347 runs after being bowled out for 128 in the first innings and 235 in the second essay. England thus took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
“I’m embarrassed. I hope like hell they [Australia] can do something in Manchester [in the third Test],” Thomson, 62, told BBC Radio 5 live. “We just said it’s the worst batting we’ve ever seen in our life [in the first innings]. Then they turned around and did it in the second innings.”
Thomson said that he was impressed with Australia’s performance in the first Test at Trent Bridge, which they lost by the narrowest of margins, and was looking forward to a good outing at Lord’s. “I was impressed with the guys in the first game in Nottingham. I was proud. I thought these guys aren’t that great but they’re fighters. Then they came out at Lord’s, and the bowlers did a fair job. I thought that was very good, then we’re out in 50 overs. And the shots they played, I was so angry.”
Meanwhile, former England captain Mike Gatting said he did not sympathise with the Australian team due to the history between the two teams.
“I can’t feel sorry for them because we’ve had many beatings from them,” said Gatting, 56. “Losing is very hard and they do tend to rub your nose in it, especially if you are in Australia. “They are going to take one Test match at a time and they have to keep the foot on the Australian throat and make sure they don’t get up, because if there is a team that can do it sometimes, it’s an Australia team.”
Thomson took 200 wickets in 51 Test matches for Australia in a 12-year career, before retiring in 1985. Gatting scored 4,409 runs in 79 Tests for England, hitting 10 centuries, between 1978 and 1995.