England have batted ‘like chumps’, says Geoffrey Boycott

"It is quite clear why England are struggling in one-day cricket at the moment: they cannot play the turning ball"

“It is quite clear why England are struggling in one-day cricket at the moment: they cannot play the turning ball”

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Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes that the national team have batted “like chumps” in their ongoing ODI series against India.

India already have an unassailable 3-0 lead with one ODI left to play. The reason India have been so dominant in this ODI series is due to the fact that the England batsmen have struggled against spin bowling once again.

“England have gone into this series with three orthodox batsmen in our top four in Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root,” Boycott wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph. “They are lovely technical batsmen for Test cricket but you should not have all three of them in your one-day team.

“It is quite clear why England are struggling in one-day cricket at the moment: they cannot play the turning ball. We are playing the world champions, India, and we bat like chumps. It is a different ball game when the ball turns. Then they are creasebound and terrified to use their feet against the spinners. At Trent Bridge on Saturday, India had four spinners who bowled 30 overs and took six for 112 between them. It was not a raging turner, it just turned a little bit, and it was not the first time this had happened to England.”

Boycott also failed to understand the point of including Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes in the ODI squad since he believes all of them have the same bowling style and no variations whatsoever.

“After the match Cook admitted England selected them because all three can bat,” he wrote. “It was a safety-first policy to get England out of trouble with late-order runs if the batsmen failed. We are still thinking in the old fashioned way from when I played, pack your batting and bowl fast medium line and length.

“That only works on seaming swinging pitches but the next World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand and will not have those types of pitches. They are guilty of selecting the ODI team on Test performances and central contracts, this is wrong thinking.”

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