Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has slammed his country's cricket team for their poor performance in the first Test at Centurion Park on Sunday. In a series of tweets, he advised England to stop getting miffed at criticism directed towards them and asked them to reflect on improving their performances by stopping to blame others for their failures. Boycott advised England to be honest with themselves going into the New Year 2020.
Boycott has been renowned as an extremely extroverted and outspoken commentator-cum-cricket pundit over the years. While some have appreciated his views on the game, he has rubbed many the wrong way as well with his criticisms. He went on to add that the upcoming Newlands Test will be like a home Test for England with 10,000 Englishmen coming to support Joe Root's men.
1of 2What @englandcricket should do is not feel miffed/angry at critical comments, sit down and think ‘ how could we have done better’ Be honest with themselves ‘ should we have put them in should we have played 5 seamers and no spinner? And don’t blame any body else for losing.— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) December 30, 2019
2 of 2 @englandcricket tell themselves ‘we need to play better’ and if they do that they can beat SA . Don’t make excuses just improve. Newlands will be like a home Test match with 10,000 Brits there supporting.— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) December 30, 2019
A Twitter user termed Joe Root's captaincy as 'rubbish'. He asked about the reason behind England always being adamant in making their best player as the captain of the side. He suggested Burns for the captaincy role so Root can get back to his old form. However, Boycott disagreed with the fan in a way as he put forward Ben Stokes' name for captaincy by justifying about some of the best captains that the world have been all-rounders such as Raymond Illingworth, Imran Khan, Ritchie Benaud, Kapil Dev.
What’s wrong with @benstokes38 some of the best captains in history have been all rounders. They see the game from batting and bowling. Raymond Illingworth, Imran Khan , Ritchie Benaud , Kapil Dev. https://t.co/M495QvkBPA— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) December 30, 2019
South Africa swept to a 107-run victory over England on the fourth day of the first Test at Centurion Park on Sunday after taking 7 wickets in the second session to go ahead in the 4-match series. England, needing an improbable 376 to win, was bowled out for 268 just before tea as its lower order offered scant resistance to a barrage of pace once South Africa had taken the second new ball. Kagiso Rabada proved the destroyer-in-chief with figures of 4-103, assisted by Anrich Nortje, who took 3 wickets for 56 runs.