Brtish media ruthless in slamming national team for ODI whitewash in India
The British media lambasted the team after their 5-0 whitewash by India in the just-concluded ODI series, calling Alastair Cook's men's efforts "a woeful attempt at one-day cricket in the subcontinent." 'The Guardian' wrote that India paid back for the clean sweep administered by England. "India completed their whitewash of a despondent England team under the lights of perhaps the world's most intimidating cricket environment," the newspaper said.
Abject surrender: England's players sulk after losing the fifth
one-dayer at Kolkata. Pics/Getty Images
"Revenge, it is said, is a dish best served cold, but this, payback for clean sweep administered in England little more than a month ago was achieved in stifling heat of Kolkata, and to the cacophonous noise of a crowd that gained in raucous Diwali voice as the tourists tumbled wicket by wicket, an embarrassing procession, to their fate.
"They could scarcely have been more humiliated if they had been made to divest themselves of their clothes and parade naked around the outfield," it read. 'The Independent' questioned the English batsmen's technique against spinners. "England were hopeless against spin yet again and it seemed to go like a top when a couple of wickets fell. The hesitancy of footwork, choice of shot, too often against the turn, was primitive," the newspaper said.
No hiding place
With headline 'England save the worst for last', tabloid 'Daily Mirror' wrote: "There can be no hiding place for an England team that have produced a woeful attempt at one-day cricket in the subcontinent and have been deservedly stuffed out of sight. And the manner in which Alastair Cook's side folded without so much as a parting shot in defiance reflects poorly on them," the tabloid said.
'Daily Mail' said: "England saved the worst until the end as India completed what the locals are gleefully calling a 5-0 'brownwash'." "Alastair Cook's team lost all 10 wickets for 47 runs -- the worst collapse in their one-day history -- to go down to a 95-run defeat that outdid everything else in this series for ineptitude."
The 'Daily Telegraph' said the whitewash was not a surprise considering England's record on Indian soil: "Losing in India has become something of a habit for England and they duly suffered the whitewash many had expected."