Cricket legend Officer Boycott blasted England's approach to the first bat and ball test and called on the hosts to try something different to tackle the huge headache that Steve Smith has.
Smith has crashed for centuries on Australia's 251 victory over Edbaston, marking his return to test cricket from his ball, drawing the ban in style. And he will be hungry for more when the second Test begins in the Lord on Wednesday night.
Much of the discussion in the first test focused on how to remove Smith. England tried everything, it seemed, in Birmingham to fire the former Aussie captain – stomping on the leg, then stamping on the outside, straight bowling and wide bowling – but nothing succeeded.
Smith's record against England is phenomenal. In his past 10 appearances against Australia's fiercest rival, he collected 1116 runs at a ridiculous average of 139.5.
That's why he said after his second hundred: "I love Test cricket and I love playing against England. It's a great place to play cricket ash and these last four days, it feels like Christmas morning every morning is coming to do this."
Smith was considering returning to play Test cricket for the first time since the controversy in South Africa, but Boycott said the right-hander, comparing playing England to enjoying Christmas, should embarrass his opposition.
"He's right, but the comment on how he should be a disgrace to England players and really should hurt them," Boycott wrote in a column for The Telegraph the day before the second Test, saying England captain Oeot Roth and Co , they have to do something different as Poms did during the infamous TV series to stop Don Bradman.
"Why not try bowling with a lot of protection on one side? If he misses, then get in front and bow down again.
"Our sailors have yet to try bowling around knitting for him. They quickly go around the wiper on the left and actually prefer that way of attack, but not Smith. "
English shutout Moin Ali has dropped out of the second Test after a poor showing at Edbaston, replaced by orthodox left-hander Jack Leach. One of the theories that makes the rounds is Smith fights left-handed swing more than any other type of bowling so that Leah can respond to England's troubles, Smith.
Smith's average against left-handed tweezers has been hovering for about 35 years – slightly less than his career of nearly 63.
The exciting young fast bowler Ofofra Archer is essentially locking up to make his Test debut on Wednesday night, and England will hope his extreme pace and affection for sending well-aimed short balls is another weapon that can disrupt him. bathing in Australia.
But while England's sugarcane didn't have Smith's answer in the series, the team's hitters also waved when they needed it the second time around. Asked to drop all day by fifth to save a draw – or more unrealistically, chase 398 for a win – they crumbled into a heap and were fired for just 146 in 52.3 redirects.
Coming in at number 9, Chris Wokes was best with 37, while Root and Jason Roy scored 28. In addition, only two more players doubled the numbers as Australia drew first blood.
England have won the recent World Cup by attacking at all times, especially the bat, so adjusting from that aggressive view to the demanding cricket test pace has always been a challenge.
England player spent four years in the showdown and paid off in a one-day format, but Boycott was furious when he heard England's bathing coach Graham Thorpe allegedly told players to play their natural game when they tried to play him. save the sword on the fifth day, instead of luring them to dig a long way and not worry about the outcome.
"He was last day for the preservation of the game, not for the run. I was expecting guidance from common sense from an ex-player who is now a swim coach in England. The players' advice was given rubbish, "Boycott wrote.
"He also said it was important to rotate the strike. Why? What about staying and occupying the creek? That will save the match.
"It makes me angry and at the same time sad when I hear he gives such advice to our bats. It seems coaching staff and players are drawn to the belief that there is only one way to bathe.
"If England continues to struggle like limping down the cliff, then we are all in a terrible series of ash. If that doesn't work then it's time to change or some of the bats and some coaches have to go."