Boycott believes England have to learn to play spin before it becomes too late
Apart from current Test captain Alastair Cook and perhaps Kevin Pietersen during the second Test at Mumbai, former England captain Geoffrey Boycott lashed out at the rest of the national team’s batsmen for continuing to struggle against spin bowling.
Boycott is sick and tired of watching the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha make the England batting lineup look like a joke.
England have constantly struggled against spin this year, starting in January when they were whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan, largely thanks to Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman before being ripped apart by Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath during the first Test at Galle.
Boycott was quoted by the BBC as saying: “We haven’t really proved in our mind or in our technique that we can play spin. You can practise as much as you want, at as many bowlers as you want, in the nets, but when you’re out in the middle in a Test match there are four guys round the bat and you’re on nought – it’s a totally different game.”
“England must take some blame for sending James Anderson out as night-watchman – simply because it was too long for him to survive,” Boycott added. “Twenty minutes or so is long enough if conditions are benign but, with the ball turning, wickets can fall in clusters – which is exactly what happened.
“Part of it’s in the head. Everything looks alright and suddenly we’re three down. We’ve had 18 overs of England batting and we’re talking about the follow-on, which tells us everything. It’s not looking good.”