Geoffrey Boycott says Joe Root’s men must be 100 percent committed to having every chance of winning the ashes back against a nation that can be “cruel.”
The previous opening shot openly expertly aimed at the three pillars of Australian cricket: the public, the media and finally the team.
In a column for The Telegraph, Boycott began by saying it was “bloody hard to win in Australia” ‘and said it was time for the Roots men to focus again after months of “I want, I don’t want” touring.
“In Australia,” Boycott began, “the crowds are more vocal and partisan than in Britain. The Australian media come behind the home team, trying to help by undermining England. They can be cruel.
“On the 2013/14 tour, Aussie coach Darren Lehmann made Stuart Broad’s life miserable by asking the public and the media to give him a hell of a time not to take the Nottingham Test the previous summer.”
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Boycott later commented that England should follow Dawid Malan’s lead to let the noise from the team go over their heads as an exploratory length delivery outside off.
“He (Malan) has the patience and concentration to let the sled go over his head,” Boycott wrote.
“They all get a lot of it because the Australians can’t fend for themselves. They can talk anything they want about change, but it’s in their make-up to sled. ”
The former skipper was one of the many English pundits who played their chances of winning the ashes back.
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In the absence of a productive and top three stable, there is an element of fragility about the English batting lineup.
Only Root (50.15) averages over 40 and without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, England have their work cut out for them.
“If players on both sides stay in shape, one has to admit that the Australian bowling unit is far better than England’s under Australian conditions,” Boycott admitted.
The boycott ended by saying that England only had a chance to win if they were fully committed to the cause.
“But most important of all is whether England’s players have the desire and commitment to succeed?” he said.
“If so, then they have a chance. If not, Australia will win comfortably. ”