21 Dec 2016

England 'diabolical' and 'embarrassing'

7:12 am on 21 December 2016

The former England cricket captains Nasser Hussain and Ian Botham have labelled England's innings and 75 run loss to India as "diabolical" and "embarrassing".

Needing to bat out the final day of the Chennai test England collapsed from 103 without loss just after lunch and 192 for four shortly after tea to 207 all out, to lose the series 4-nil.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed a Test-best seven for 48.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja Photo: Photosport

Botham highlighted Moeen Ali's reckless dismissal after tea, when he failed to clear mid-on, as the start of the slide.

Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham Photo: Photosport

"It was just like a deck of cards. Once it started, there was no stopping it - runaway train," he said.

"It all started with Moeen Ali's shot - I still can't get my head round that. Then it was just a deck of cards following - six wickets for 15, 16 runs on that pitch, it's embarrassing."

Hussain told Sky Sports "it is familiar but (there's) no excuse on that pitch. Six for 16 (sic) on that pitch, a pitch that yesterday India scored 759 (on) and one lad got over 300 (on).

"There are no demons, there were no demons in that surface. Ashwin got one wicket on that surface.

"Maybe in Mumbai on the red soil to be six for 16 is bad, but this is diabolical. The shot selection there, some of the shots were really poor. They were neither one nor the other."