London: Oct 12, 2012
England pacer James Anderson revealed in his autobiography ‘Jimmy My Life’ of how the English players resorted to alcohol following the humiliating 5-0 drubbing against the Australians in the 2006-07 Ashes series according to reports from Sydney Morninbg Herald.
He writes about one night out where he was accompanied by Andrew Flintoff, Ed Joyce and Chris Read in Melbourne before the start of the One Day International series following the Test defeat.
“We were just popping out for dinner and a glass of wine. But one thing led to another, a late night developed into an early morning and we ended up staggering back at 6am’” Anderson writes.
“We displayed complete disdain for the trust that had been placed in us, and such was our lack of self-respect that we sneaked into fast-food joint Hungry Jack’s, Australia’s Burger King, for breakfast before nabbing an hour’s sleep. Hardly an ideal diet for an international sportsman, let alone one that was required on the bus for practice at 9 o’clock that morning,” he further adds.
“Stuff like that shows how bad things had got on that tour. It had worn us down to such an extent that all sense of professionalism had been eradicated. Nights out, guzzling, were our form of escapism, our release from reality.”