Poor bat­ting up­sets Boy­cott

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Visa­ha­p­at­nam: Eng­land bat­ted like “id­iots” as In­dia took con­trol of the sec­ond Test, says for­mer bats­man Ge­of­frey Boy­cott.

The tourists closed day two on 103-5 in re­ply to In­dia’s 455 in Visakhapatnam.

Four wick­ets fell for 29 runs from 51-1 with the col­lapse sparked by the run out of teenage opener Haseeb Hameed. “It’s been poor, poor bat­ting. The low scut­tler hasn’t got any­body out, I haven’t seen the jump­ing ball and yet Eng­land are in trou­ble at five down,” Boy­cott said on Test Match Spe­cial.

“It’s pres­sure, pres­sure, pres­sure. It’s a lit­tle bit about tech­nique but it’s a men­tal game. It’s not a rag­ing turner, let’s be hon­est. There’s been some sloppy, poor bat­ting.”

Boy­cott be­lieves “this game has gone” for Eng­land who trail In­dia by 352 runs with three days still re­main­ing. “I was say­ing be­fore Eng­land bat­ted, you can’t af­ford to give In­dia a 100-run lead. Bat­ting last it gets worse and don’t pray for rain be­cause this is not Manchester or York­shire,” he said. “I can see In­dia bat­ting again if Eng­land hang on a bit. The pitch is go­ing to wear and tear a bit more.

There are three days left - this could be over in four days with­out a prob­lem.” BBC Sports

Ge­of­frey Boy­cott.

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