In one of the sharpest attacks on the home team following Dean Elgar’s innings and 12-run loss at Lord’s in the opening Test against South Africa, the former opener indicated that the visitors had completed England after four consecutive Test victories. Kind of disappointed. Against New Zealand and India.
England could not stand the fast pace of Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Nortje as both picked up match figures of 7/79 and 6/110 respectively, and Boycott felt that with the Australian seam attack boasting the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Is. Starc and Josh Hazlewood, it will be difficult for the hosts to get the Ashes.
Boycott wrote, “The way our batsmen dealt with the pace attack from South Africa, it does not bode well for next year’s Ashes in England. In the last three Ashes series – one home and two away – Australia’s pace blew us away Have given.” His column for The Telegraph.
“So don’t tell me we’re going to beat Australia next year when we play like this against South Africa at Lord’s. I see people’s feet and hands when they face fast bowling. I’m the coach or player What they say, I do not listen.
“Talks are cheap but runs win matches. At this point when you see England facing fast bowling you don’t want to get up and make a cup of tea or go for a pee because if you don’t come back like that.” If you do, they will be all out. There is no substitute for bad, hostile fast bowling with the odd throat ball that spins the batsmen around and takes them out of their comfort zone. Courage for it, Good technique and a method to survive is required,” he said.
“Anyone who thinks that our batsmen, or any batsman, can constantly throw top-class fast bowlers around when they have the new ball in hand, they’ve never played Test cricket and are bullshit Kagiso Rabada is trying to attack Lungi Ngidi. And Enrique Nortje bowls over 90 mph with a new cone as he spins in the first innings. Just staying in it for most of us batsmen. would have been difficult.”
Boycott said that England did not adapt to the conditions.
“Of course England will have to adapt to the conditions, the quality of bowling or the match situation. Hell, this England team isn’t even a good team to bat at, yet they look to smash the best bowlers around. “
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