Poor batting upsets Boycott
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