1 Updates
Won't be easy for England in Ashes, says Boycott
Photo Credit: ANDREW YATES, Getty Images

Won't be easy for England in Ashes, says Boycott

Jul 9 2013, 4:24am CDT | by

London, July 9 (IANS) England great Geoffrey Boycott has a poser for English cricket fans: Are England that good to give Australia a hiding in the Ashes? His answer is an emphatic "No". He doesn't think so.

London, July 9 — England great Geoffrey Boycott has a poser for English cricket fans: Are England that good to give Australia a hiding in the Ashes? His answer is an emphatic "No". He doesn't think...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Won't be easy for England in Ashes, says Boycott

Jul 9 2013, 4:24am CDT | by

London, July 9 (IANS) England great Geoffrey Boycott has a poser for English cricket fans: Are England that good to give Australia a hiding in the Ashes? His answer is an emphatic "No". He doesn't think so.

London, July 9 — England great Geoffrey Boycott has a poser for English cricket fans: Are England that good to give Australia a hiding in the Ashes? His answer is an emphatic "No". He doesn't think so.

"Some say roll on the Ashes, we will give them a good hiding. But will we? Are we that good? I don't think so. At our best we are better than Australia but favourites do not always win. That is why there are so many rich bookies."

Boycott warns England not to be complacent looking at what the Australians have gone through. In fact, all the recent internal turmoil the team has gone through may make the Australians more focused, Boycott has written in his column in The Telegraph.

"If the shock removal of Mickey Arthur motivates Australia to perform above themselves, then it is absolutely vital that England do not play with any hint of complacency."

Boycott feels that Australia have dangerous seamers and he expects them to have a good day or two and bowl England out for below-par scores. But overall the strength of England's batting is a bit deeper than Australia, Graeme Swann is a far better spinner than Nathan Lyon and although the Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin can bat a bit, you would have to back Matt Prior against him.

"Our key players are James Anderson, Prior, Swann and Kevin Pietersen. For me, if they stay fit and the team play near their best, then England will win the series. But we should not think everything is perfect in the England camp. It is not."

Boycott wants new Australia coach Darren Lehmann to tell some of his players that their performances have not been good enough and that they need a kick up the bum.

"I hope he will not be shy of telling a few of his players that their individual performances have not been good enough. Some of those players need a kick up the bum and to realise the Australian board are not about to sack two coaches, one after the other, so if they do not knuckle down, they will be the next ones for the chop."

Was it such a mistake to change the coach at the last moment, asks Boycott.

He believes if it is not right in the dressing room and the team are not pulling together, then it is better to shake it up now than wait for later.

Putting it off until after the Ashes series would not work. It never does.

He recalled how he had asked for coach Duncan Fletcher to be sacked in 2006 and some others did not agree with him, leading to a disastrous Ashes series Down Under.

"In 2006, in India during a Champions Trophy tournament I wrote that England's coach Duncan Fletcher had shot his bolt and that England should remove him. That was before the 5-0 whitewash in Australia that winter."

"Various media people and ex-players felt it would be stupid, that it would upset the team and throw a spanner in the works. Mike Gatting was one who disagreed, Christopher Martin-Jenkins in The Times as well and my friend Jonathan Agnew was another."

"They were wrong. Under Fletcher and captain Andrew Flintoff, England were awful," says one of England's most successful openers.

Finally, the England and Wales Cricket Board relieved Fletcher of his position after the 2007 World Cup. Sorry, they allowed him to save face and resign with a handsome payout. England dithered and paid the price, Boycott wrote.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

India beat Middlesex by 95 runs
London, Aug 22 (IANS) India returned to winning ways albeit in a warm-up cricket match, registering a comfortable 95-run win over Middlesex at Lord's here Friday.
 
 
Indian junior squash team finishes sixth
Windhoek (Namibia), Aug 22 (IANS) India lost 1-2 to England to finish sixth in the World Junior team squash championship here.
 
 
Spanish Primera Liga gets underway Saturday
Madrid, Aug 22 (IANS) Saturday sees the start of the new Spanish Primera Liga season with four games scheduled to be played on the opening day.
 
 
Tajikistan to play football friendly against Belarus
Dushanbe, Aug 22 (IANS) Tajikistan will play friendly against Belarus at Borisov Arena Sep 4, the Football Federation of Tajikistan (FFT) said Friday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are 'amazing' girls
Kendall and Kylie Jenner's older half-brother insists they have good heads on their shoulders. Brody Jenner, 31, claims he doesn't worry about the teenagers, who are regularly spotted enjoying nights out with friends,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Justin Bieber issued warning by police
Justin Bieber has been warned by police not to drive his Can-Am Spyder on the sidewalk again. The 20-year-old singer, who is currently on probation, was accused of ''putting other people's safety in jeopardy'' after he...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Eva Green finds movie business 'cold'
Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Eva Green, who finds the film industry "cold", says she always chose parts which made her feel good over those which presented her as a "boring beautiful girl". The 33-year-old, who...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Mass grave found in Mexico
Mexico City, Aug 23 (IANS) At least nine bodies have been recovered from a mass grave in Tumbiscatio, a municipality in Mexico's troubled state of Michoacan, media reports said Friday. The bodies have yet to be...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
US warns Russia over forcing convoy into Ukraine
Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) The White House warned Russia Friday that sending an aid convoy into eastern Ukraine without Kiev's approval would incur "additional consequences," while Russia insisted that further delay of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Katie Holmes moves from NY to California
Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Katie Holmes, who has been living in New York for two years with her daughter Suri, has now shifted back here. Holmes lived here during her marriage to star Tom Cruise, and then...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lebanon cautions against repercussions from Syrian crisis
Beirut, Aug 23 (IANS) Lebanon's social affairs minister Rachid Derbas cautioned Friday that the "country is on the verge of drowning" and it cannot bare anymore the repercussions of the Syrian crisis and Syrian...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
EU to fund agricultural products affected by Russia's ban
Brussels, Aug 23 (IANS) Experts of the European Union (EU) said Friday that the EU would provide additional funding for agricultural products affected by Russia's food import ban. On the emergency support measures...
Read more on Business Balla
 
'Iron Man 3' director to make 'The Destroyer' film
Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Shane Black, who directed "Iron Man 3", will now go behind the camera for a movie adaptation of action book series "The Destroyer". He will direct the film, based on the 1970s adventure...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
170 illegal immigrants missing off Libyan coast
Tripoli, Aug 23 (IANS) A wooden boat carrying some 170 illegal immigrants was missing off the Libyan coast near Tripoli Friday, a coast guard official said. The stowaways were believed from sub-Saharan African...
Read more on Politics Balla