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England cannot hide truth of Ashes hammering - Boycott

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Batting great labelled "false" for attempting to play down the in class with as a post-mortem began following their chastening 4-0 Ashes defeat.

The home side ruthlessly finished off in today to record their fourth comprehensive win of a one-sided series -- including two innings victories and a 10-wicket win.

Several players and coaches have repeatedly stressed in recent weeks that the main difference between the sides is that have seized the crucial moments across the series.

But Boycott told 5 Live that the series result was a fair reflection of the gap between the two teams, with most of the standout performances coming from the home side.

"I think it's a little false by a number of the England players to say at times they were quite close and that there were moments here and there. Quite honestly they were far better than us in nearly every department."

Boycott compared Test to and believes England, and in particular the batsmen, were at times guilty of possessing a Twenty20 mindset.

He added: "I think a lot of people over the last 10 years, since the (started) in India, are saturated and have got it in their head about scoring rates. Test is not that, it's like 11 people in whites playing "


The Daily Mail's said the tour had been blighted from the start.

"From the moment cast a giant cloud over the series by becoming embroiled in an incident outside a Bristol bar to off-field drinking controversies, a 'head-butt', allegations of unacceptable sledging and even suggestions of match-fixing and ball-tampering, this Ashes had just about every 'scandal' going.

"What it did not have was much hard-fought nor memorable cricket as Australia's superiority in their own conditions proved every bit as decisive as those of us who feared the worst from the start imagined."

Ashes-winning Michael Vaughan, who lifted the urn in 2005, agreed that England had been second best throughout but took solace from their fighting spirit, which he believes was lacking when the side were whitewashed 5-0 in 2013/14.

"The England side four years ago, you felt as though the white towel came out very early on the tour. You didn't feel that this time around," he told BBC's Test Match Special.

"I've never felt that England have given up. They've just not been good enough."

Former England Michael Atherton, writing in the Times newspaper, described the series as "one-sided" but said the mood did not feel as desperate as in 2013/14.

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"England have been battered, bruised, badly beaten but not, in my estimation, completely broken," he wrote.

"There was no sense at the end that England had hoisted the white flag as they had four years earlier, when a three- day defeat and subsequent recriminations brought a swift end to a bright era of English cricket.

"It was hard to recall a more stomach-churning capitulation than that, but here England hung in for a while, grimly, trying their hardest until the end but just beaten by a better side in the conditions."

BBC cricket said set the tone for the series in the first Test in Brisbane, bemoaning England's lack of preparation.

He tweeted: "I hope this series ends the practice of providing too little, poor quality preparation. England as guilty as anyone. No chance for out of form players, so series become one-sided and predictable. Not in interests of Test cricket.

"Too many teams are strong at home, but lose away partly because they can't restore form and confidence with such little time between Tests.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:10 IST
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