Sydney: Dec 9, 2013
The English media has projected that it believes the national cricket team’s days of glory are now behind them, according to reports.
According to Fox Sports, former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott wrote that the more he looks at England, the more they remind him of Manchester United, a team on the way down and not on the way up.
“The more I look at England the more they remind me of Manchester United: a team on the way down and not on the way up,” Boycott wrote in The Telegraph.
“They have had their glory years. Look, there is no chance of us retaining The Ashes after going two down. Not a cat in hell’s chance. What they have to work out is how they are going to get some pride back in the team. They cannot do that unless they bat with more common sense and stop gifting wickets away.”
Pessimism was the tone du jour in the UK press after England lost their final four wickets on Monday to ensure Australia a 218-run victory, the report said.
Another former England representative, Derek Pringle, noted the tourists were unlikely to launch a counter-offensive in Perth, given they’ve won just a solitary Test at the venue, the report added.
Stuart Broad’s dismissal on Monday also attracted criticism and Alastair Cook‘s struggles with the bat this series were also highlighted, the report further said. Mike Selvey, writing in The Guardian, noted the historical significance of Cook’s scores of three and one at the Adelaide Oval, the report mentioned.
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