The Ashes: Geoffrey Boycott slams England for slow over-rate

England bowled just 11.5 overs in 64 minutes after tea, but still conceded 95 runs in the process, before Australia captain Michael Clarke declared on 492 for nine with Smith, whose hundred was his maiden Test century, 138 not out.

updated: August 23, 2013 10:45 IST
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London: England great Geoffrey Boycott accused Alastair Cook's men of "poor cricket" as the over-rate slowed to a crawl on the second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval on Thursday.

Hosts England may have already won the series at 3-0 up but they have so far been on the ropes in this match.

That was apparent after tea on Thursday's second day when England captain Cook set excessively defensive fields even when Australia's tailenders, rather than century-maker Steven Smith, were on strike.

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