Boycott sticks the boot in
Former England batsman names and shames the nation's stars
Last Updated: 09/02/09 10:44am
Boycott: Not mincing his words
Geoffrey Boycott has launched a scathing attack on England's humiliated cricketers.
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"I have nothing against continuity if a team are winning. But haven't England been getting their backsides kicked around the world for the past two years?"
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Only Andrew Flintoff managed to make it into double figures as England recorded their third-lowest total of all time in the second innings against West Indies at Sabina Park.
And the ineptitude witnessed at the close of that innings-and-23-run defeat against a team ranked seventh in the Test rankings has got Boycott's blood boiling.
"Look at the players who capitulated so spinelessly at Sabina Park and you will see that almost all of them appeared in Peter Moores' first series as coach back in 2007," the former England international wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
"I have nothing against continuity if a team are winning. But haven't England been getting their backsides kicked around the world for the past two years?
"Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff are still great players who would get into any side on the planet. But what about the rest of this sorry lot?
"Alistair Cook still has the same technical issues outside off-stump that the Australians exploited in the last Ashes series.
"Ian Bell still keels over at the first hint of pressure. Steve Harmison still blows hot and cold. And Monty Panesar still bowls the same ball six times an over.
"These lads just have it too easy. There is no motivation to improve when they have more than a dozen backroom staff to analyse their techniques, put out the cones at training, and virtually wipe their bottoms for them.
"I feel sorry for these modern players, because they don't have the chance to think for themselves and develop their own characters."
Middlesex batsman Owais Shah is one man set to benefit from the fiasco, though, having been overlooked for Andrew Strauss' first game since returning as captain.
And England will have an immediate opportunity to answer their critics when England get under way in the second Test in Antigua on Friday.