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'Batted without brains' – Boycott slams England batting following another collapse
Ashes 2019

'Batted without brains' – Boycott slams England batting following another collapse

Geoffrey Boycott has slammed England’s batsmen after they collapsed to 67 in the third Test against Australia at Headingley, saying they "batted without brains" and "threw away the Ashes".

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood grabbed a five-wicket haul as England slumped to their lowest Ashes total since 1948, with Joe Denly (12) the only batsman to get to double figures.

With Australia already 1-0 up in the five-Test series, winning this game would see them retain the urn and they have ensured their strong position by getting to 171-6 in their second innings with a lead of 283.

"What the hell is going on with this England team? How do you expect to win the Ashes with that sort of batting?", Boycott wrote in his column for Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"If England had batted all day they would have a lead of 100. So, what did England do? They batted without any brains and threw away the Ashes," he added.

According to Boycott, several England players gave their wickets away barring Joe Root, who received a perfect ball from Josh Hazlewood.

"Only one batsman out of seven could say he was got out by the bowlers," said Boycott. "Joe Root received a lovely ball on a perfect length and line that just left him a touch and he was caught at slip.

"No shame in that," added Boycott, who scored his 100th first-class hundred in a 1977 Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley.

‘Roy doesn’t have defensive technique to sustain new ball’

Boycott was critical of opener Jason Roy, drafted in as a Test opener this season for his white-ball heroics but averages a meagre 9.80 this series after he was caught in the slips for nine following a flashy drive off Hazlewood’s bowling.

"Jason Roy, with no footwork, went flashing at a pitched-up ball he did not need to play," said Boycott.

"I don't care how many runs he makes second innings. If he plays another Test as an opener then someone wants his brains tested.

"Roy is brilliant in one-day cricket but I must say again, he does not have the defensive technique to stay in consistently against the new ball and he has not got the mental aptitude for patience and concentration that is required to open the batting," Boycott explained.

Boycott said the dismissal of Jos Buttler (out for five) summed up England's Test match batting woes.

"Jos Buttler, straight after lunch. They put a short extra cover into him and second ball he spooned it straight to the man. I do not know what he was thinking.

"It is as if the batsmen cannot think straight, cannot handle pressure. It is as if they do not want to stay in and play a few maiden overs.

"England shot themselves in the foot, even if we accept that the Australian fast bowling was excellent."