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May 05, 2009

Boycott raised concerns over England – now there’s a thing!

Geoffrey Boycott has never been the most positive of pundits when it comes to talking about the England cricket team. Ahead of a very important summer, he has voiced his opinion once again and it is fair to say he isn’t convinced by the current regime.

Below is a run down of what the former England opener has had to say. As much as he is being negative, it is hard to find too many faults in what he says. This probably sums up the direction England has gone in since the last time Australia came to town four years ago.

Boycott on The Ashes – He says that England are ‘not in great shape’ ahead of Australia’s Ashes visit. Boycott also firmly states that England cannot win the test series against Ricky Ponting’s men.

Boycott on the troublesome winter – He says that the whole winter was a ‘fiasco’ with the controversy of Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen’s departures combined with Alan Stanford and his millions. Overall, it is a winter that could set England back a number of years according to Boycott.

Boycott on Andrew Strauss – The former Yorkshire man believes that Strauss ‘isn’t a natural captain’. This is because Strauss has been guilty of ‘waiting for things to happen’ as opposed to ‘thinking ahead’ like the majority of great test captains.

Boycott on the No.3 position – This has been a problem for England for a while now and Boycott is concerned about the increasingly unsettled team that is being put out. He highlights how Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell, Owais Shah and now Ravi Bopara have all had a go at the No.3 spot in recent months.

Boycott on the future – The TMS commentator finished by saying that although he didn’t think international cricket was at its strongest right now, England are ‘not getting the best’ out of what they’ve got.

As ever, these are strong views from Boycott. Hopefully, over the course of this summer, the England team can prove each of his points wrong. This is more in hope than expectation though, so don't waste your next cricket bet trying to prove him wrong.

By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about international cricket.


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