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Boycott blasts England batsmen after Day 3 collapse

Boycott believes too many batsmen are culpable of taking a limited-overs mindset into the Test arena, and accused the tail-enders of having no “bottle”.

Geoffrey Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott

“I think the modern young player grows up with so much one-day cricket, he gets used to playing and having to play lots of attacking shots to every ball bowled in Twenty20 and 50-over cricket,” Boycott told Radio 5 Live.

“When it comes to Test matches you want them to change and adapt, and sometimes play carefully and sensibly. It’s a five-day match, it’s like playing chess.

“Chess doesn’t happen in 10-15 minutes, it goes on for hours. They’ve forgotten the art of that, they’ve never really learned it and one-day cricket has sucked them in to playing lots of shots.”

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen after being dismissed for 4 on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root came were singled out for criticism from Boycott.¬†Pietersen senselessly clipped Peter Siddle to midwicket after Joe Root had struck the first ball he faced from Nathan Lyon to deep square-leg to expose the lower middle-order to Johnson. Of Pietersen Boycott said: “Irresponsible.

I could see it coming. He got out twice like that in Brisbane. They didn’t give him anything to hit for 12 balls — he got two outside edges only — and what does he do, he can’t resist from whipping, not even off his legs, from off-stump to two men waiting for it in the box.

“It was as stupid as you get like Joe Root. First ball from a spinner — we’re trying to save the game — he tries to slog him over the top. All he had to do was carry on batting all day long.”¬†

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