The surprise over England’s regular batting collapses has all but disappeared, but that hasn’t made the UK reaction to another Ashes humiliation any less brutal.
On Sunday, the Ashes came to a close as England lost 10-56 in the space of 23 overs to be bowled out for 124, losing the fifth Test against Australia in Hobart by 146 runs.
Former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan said he could accept another defeat, but simply couldn’t accept the fashion in which it happened.
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“Australia just too good for England, but I have to say this is embarrassing … they’ve just thrown the towel in,” Vaughan said on Fox Cricket.
“I just can’t accept when I see an England side throw the towel in.
“That’s not the way to finish a Test match, the way they’ve played in that last hour or so.
“It’s just not good enough. As much as bubble life, a lack of preparation, when you see a team throw the towel in like that, that’s when you know there’s real problems in English cricket that need to be ironed out.
“I think there’s real hard questions this team have to answer after this.”
Meanwhile, another England legend, Ian Botham, was equally brutal in his assessment on Channel 7.
“It’s been embarrassing, if I am honest, gutless,” he said.
“I thought the way that they performed today will have disappointed me and disappointed everyone back home. They should be disappointed in that dressing room as well, with the performance.
“The one thing we have to do now is take our heads out of the sand and we need to pull together and prioritise red ball cricket.”