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Ian Botham slams ’embarrassing’ England display after humiliating 4-0 Ashes series defeat

‘GUTLESS’: Ian Botham lashes out at ’embarrassing’ England spectacle after 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, as cricket legend claims they’ve ‘disappointed everyone at home’

  • Ian Botham has labeled England’s Ashes screening ‘shameful’ and ‘gutsy’
  • Australia won the fifth test in Hobart by 146 runs after England collapse
  • England were set on 271 to win, reaching 68-0 before disastrously imploding
  • Tourists have now lost 13 of 15 tests in Australia since their 2010-11 tour success



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Cricket legend Ian Botham has criticized England’s Ashes’ disappointing performance after their 4-0 series loss in Australia.

England’s disappointing tour came to a disastrous end, after the visitors won 271, England reached 68-0 before losing all 10 wickets for the addition of a further 56 runs in Hobart.

Botham has given his scathing assessment of England’s performance, claiming the current squad of players is ‘shameful’ and ‘gutsy’.

Cricket legend Ian Botham has criticized England's 'embarrassing' Ashes performance

Cricket legend Ian Botham has criticized England’s ’embarrassing’ Ashes performance

Talk about Channel 7Botham said: ‘It’s been embarrassing, if I’m honest, cowardly.

“I thought the way they performed today would have disappointed me and everyone at home. They should also be disappointed in that dressing room, with the performance.

“All we have to do now is get our heads out of the sand and we have to work together and prioritize red ball cricket.”

Botham had also told BT Sport that he thinks some players ‘could be at the end of their careers’.

Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and James Anderson look on after Australia win Ashes

Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and James Anderson look on after Australia win Ashes

Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and James Anderson look on after Australia win Ashes

“They’re completely confused and… a lot of these guys could be at the end of their careers,” he said.

“And a lot will be sent back to learn how to play at this level because the Australian public wanted to fight and haven’t had it.

“It’s disappointing and sometimes embarrassing – selections, winning the toss and bowling when it’s cloudy on a green field in Brisbane, where I played for a year and could have told them exactly what it was going to do.

‘Then we left two boys with 1,156 wickets [James Anderson and Stuart Broad] sit in the stands and carry the drinks. There are many things that are not right.’

England have now lost 13 of their 15 Tests in Australia since Andrew Strauss’s team won 4-0 in 2010-11.

The average number of tourists per wicket of 20.21 is their lowest in an Ashes series since 1890, when the figure was 16.29 – but that was in just two Tests and England won 2-0.

Botham argued that 'many of these guys could be at the end of their careers' after defeat

Botham argued that 'many of these guys could be at the end of their careers' after defeat

Botham argued that ‘many of these guys could be at the end of their careers’ after defeat

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