<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: Geoffrey Boycott slams batsmen for inability to play swing bowling" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130711092227.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: Geoffrey Boycott slams batsmen for inability to play swing bowling" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Geoffrey Boycott felt batsmen of both sides gave their wicket away © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Nottingham: Jul 11, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England great <a href="/tags/Geoffrey-Boycott/post" target="_blank">Geoffrey Boycott</a> was left lamenting the inability of batsmen on both sides to play the swinging ball after a remarkable start to the Ashes 2013 series saw 14 wickets fall on the first day at Trent Bridge.<br /> <br /> After Ashes-holders England won the toss and batted in overcast conditions in Nottingham on Wednesday, they were bowled out for 215, with Australia fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle taking five for 50.<br /> <br /> But by stumps, Australia had slumped to 75 for four in reply, a deficit of 140 runs, with captain Michael Clarke - the tourists best batsman - clean bowled for a duck by a superb <a href="/tags/James-Anderson/post" target="_blank">James Anderson</a> delivery that angled in before moving late off the pitch.<br /> <br /> "It's just swung in the air and there have been some awful shots," former opener Boycott, now a BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator, said.<br /> <br /> "Playing swing is a skill - you have to see the line and play it as late as possible," explained the 72-year-old Yorkshireman, scorer of 22 Test hundreds and renowned as an outstanding defensive batsman.<br /> <br /> "<a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> was dismissed by an absolute corker but a lot of batsmen on both sides gave their wickets away."<br /> <br /> No England batsman made more than <a href="/tags/Jonathan-Trott/post" target="_blank">Jonathan Trott</a>'s 48. The South Africa-born No 3 looked in good touch until, to his visible disgust, he played on to a wide delivery from Siddle.<br /> <br /> "Jonathan Trott's dismissal was one of the most disappointing because he had played so well to get to 48," said Boycott.<br /> <br /> "He was so confident in his footwork he was moving about in his crease as Peter Siddle bowled. He looked like he was on for a big one until he tried to chase a ball that was very wide. He would have struggled to get to that with a stump, never mind a bat."<br /> <br /> Yet again, England made a poor start with the bat to a Test series and a frustrated Boycott said: "It's been happening too often, where England collapse in the first innings of the first Test match of a series.<br /> <br /> "It has happened against New Zealand, India, Pakistan and even Sri Lanka. It's got to be a mental thing."