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Knives out for ‘awful’ Poms as duo face sack over ugly Ashes ‘landslide’ — UK View

Knives out for ‘awful’ Poms as duo face sack over ugly Ashes ‘landslide’ — UK View
England Test greats have lined up to smack down the current side after they capitulated to Australia again and went 2-0 down in the Ashes on Monday night. England have now surpassed 4000 days without a Test victory in Australia as the hosts completed a thumping 275-run victory late on day five in Adelaide. Former…

England Test greats have lined up to smack down the current side after they capitulated to Australia again and went 2-0 down in the Ashes on Monday night.

England have now surpassed 4000 days without a Test victory in Australia as the hosts completed a thumping 275-run victory late on day five in Adelaide.

Former England captains Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen both took swipes, while Sir Geoffrey Boycott didn’t mince his words in the UK press.

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“It’s time we accepted that our batsmen are not good enough. The two openers are walking wickets and the Aussie bowlers are queuing up to get at them,” Boycott wrote in the Telegraph.

“We compliment Rory Burns for his determination and strength of character but that can’t make up for an awful technique.

“He just looks ugly with his feet and arms all over the place.

Joe Root of England checks his cricket groin box after being hit by a delivery by Mitchell Starc of Australia. Getty Images
Joe Root of England checks his cricket groin box after being hit by a delivery by Mitchell Starc of Australia. Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

“How can you be young, talented, have a good technique and still keep failing? Ask Ollie Pope who is making a mess of his opportunities

“If he doesn’t learn he will have to go.”

Australia are the only side to win a series after being 2-0 down and that was almost 100 years ago when Don Bradman was playing.

Cook said the Poms only have themselves to blame for their current predicament.

“England have made too many mistakes in these games,” he told BT Sport.

Joe Root of England. Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

“Their fielding isn’t as good as the Australians, their decision-making off the field hasn’t been good enough and you can’t afford to make those kinds of mistakes.

“It’s such a tough tour anyway, if you make those mistakes as well that makes it very hard.

“Hindsight is easy, obviously… But we’ve gone into that first Ashes Test with a bowling attack that has never played together before. Where is the planning for that?

“That’s the bit I’ve found frustrating. They are simple but avoidable mistakes.”

Pietersen initially called for calm in a tweet on Monday night before also sticking the boot into the tourists’ batting.

Cricket scribe Nick Hoult believes Joe Root’s captaincy will be called into question should England fail to win a match on tour.

“There are three Tests remaining, if the pandemic allows, and recent history suggests they will be a landslide for Australia, unless the MCG pitch is another dead zone,” he said.

“If the series ends four or five nil, it is hard to see both of Root and Chris Silverwood surviving.

“A double change is less likely, but Ashes hammerings must have consequences.”

Another former England captain in Michael Atherton delivered a scathing assessment of his country’s Adelaide performance, saying two years of planning had gone up in smoke after just two Tests.

“A tour two years in the planning has unravelled in nine days of cricket,” he wrote in The Times.

“The margin of defeat was a mighty one, and the fighting spirit on the last afternoon should not camouflage the fact that England, for the second time in as many Tests, have been out-thought and outplayed.

“Once again the batting has been completely underwhelming and they face a returning and refreshed Pat Cummins next as Australia announced an unchanged squad for the Boxing Day Test. Root’s Ashes dreams hang by a thread.”

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