18 Dec 2013

England roasted from home after Ashes loss

5:51 am on 18 December 2013

The fallout from England's demoralising Ashes cricket loss has been immediate from home with poor preparation, selection and leadership blamed for the nation's failure to retain the urn.

The Daily Telegraph said it was demoralising to watch and England seemed to be powerless to intervene, while the outspoken former England opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott was particularly critical of the coaching staff whose planning and preparation of the team, he said, had gone haywire.

The Guardian newspaper blamed a timid approach by Alastair Cook's side, and former captain Andrews Strauss questioned Cook's leadership, saying he had to stop treating his teammates as close friends.

But Strauss says long-term, the Ashes loss could be the making of the England captain.

Australia sealed the series 3-straight yesterday in Perth, winning by 150 runs, and England's challenge now is to avoid a 5-nil series loss.