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England needs overhaul: Boycott

Press Association logoPress Association 12/12/2016

England's team requires a complete overhaul, according to former opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

After losing the fourth Test against India by an innings and 36 runs on Monday to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 series lead, Boycott claims the side "folded" in the face of momentum.

"I've been in games like this, on winning sides and losing sides - when the rolling stone is going downhill, it's very difficult to stop it," he told BBC Radio.

"You just fold. You don't give up but it just goes badly."

While England captain Alastair Cook maintained the balance of three seam and three spin bowlers is the right one, Boycott disagreed.

He also called for an extra batsman to be summoned from the England Lions squad - Keaton Jennings, who stepped up from the second-string side to replace the injured Haseeb Hameed in Mumbai, made a century in the first innings but a duck in the second.

"After they've lost three on turning pitches, I don't think they're going to get a seamer or a flat batting pitch in Chennai (for the final Test in the series)," said Boycott.

"If the pitch in the next Test is going to be like this, you can open the bowling with (James) Anderson and (Ben) Stokes. You need a third spinner and an extra batsman.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain said of the fourth Test result: "It's one of the worst defeats England have had under Cook.

"The way they fielded, the dropped catches, the selection, the manner of the defeat this morning; they just got it horribly wrong from start to finish."

Hussain says Cook has a decision to make at the end of the series.

"Cook has to decide: is what he's doing making England a better side?" Has he got the energy to lead them up to the Ashes next year, to try and win Down Under and make up for the 5-0 defeat?"

Fellow former skipper Michael Vaughan said if Cook had the energy, he should carry on. "But if not, go now and give Joe Root a chance."

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