The Ashes: Geoffrey Boycott slams England 'clowns'

England legend Geoffrey Boycott says England batsmen forgot the principles of Test match batting and they batted like one-day clowns.

updated: January 06, 2014 19:37 IST
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London: England great Geoffrey Boycott accused the current team of batting like "one-day clowns" after their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia. A series where England were bowled out for under 200 on six occasions ended in humiliation when they were dismissed for just 166 inside 32 overs on the third day of the concluding Test in Sydney on Sunday as they went down to a 281-run defeat.

It was only the third time in Ashes history that England had been thrashed 5-0 by arch-rivals Australia but Boycott said there was a key difference between his reverse and their last whitewash in 2006/07. (Read: Monty Panesar calls woman to his room, hours after Ashes debacle: report)

"They were totally humiliated by an Australian team that is good, but not great," Boycott wrote in his column in Monday's UK Daily Telegraph.

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