British media criticise abject surrender
London: The British media slammed their national cricket team for the abject surrender in the 5-0 series whitewash by India, saying that they lacked both the technique and temperament to compete against Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men at alien conditions. With headline `England save the worst for last`, tabloid `Daily Mirror` said Alastair Cook`s men "plumbed new depths with an abject collapse to complete a 5-0 whitewash in India".
"There can be no hiding place for an England team that have produced a woeful attempt at one-day cricket in the subcontinent and have been deservedly stuffed out of sight. And the manner in which Alastair Cook`s side folded without so much as a parting shot in defiance reflects poorly on them," the tabloid said.
India completed a 5-0 series whitewash of England with a crushing 95-run victory in the fifth and final ODI in Kolkata on Tuesday. `Daily Mail` said "England saved the worst until the end as India completed what the locals are gleefully calling a 5-0 `brownwash`."
"Alastair Cook`s team lost all 10 wickets for 47 runs — the worst collapse in their one-day history — to go down to a 95-run defeat that outdid everything else in this series for ineptitude," the newspaper said about the final ODI.
Under the headline `Tourists` batting collapse in fifth ODI secures series whitewash for India`, `Daily Telegraph` said the batting collapse in the final ODI was a humiliating end to a disastrous series for England. "Losing in India has become something of a habit for England and they duly suffered the whitewash many had expected. Their (England) bowling has been competitive but the batting, apart from at Mohali, has been unable to cope on slow, bare pitches that grip for the spinners. To fail to bat your 50 overs once is careless but to do so four times out of five is simply inept."
According to `The Guardian`, India paid back for the clean sweep administered by England. "India completed their whitewash of a despondent England team under the lights of perhaps the world`s most intimidating cricket environment," the newspaper said. "Revenge, it is said, is a dish best served cold, but this, payback for clean sweep administered in England little more than a month ago was achieved in stifling heat of Kolkata, and to the cacophonous noise of a crowd that gained in raucous Diwali voice as the tourists tumbled wicket by wicket, an embarrassing procession, to their fate. "They could scarcely have been more humiliated if they had been made to divest themselves of their clothes and parade naked around the outfield," the newspaper said.