Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott believes England goalkeeper and batsman Joss Butler is not doing enough to keep his place in the Test squad.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jose Butler In Ashes’ 2021-22 series, his bat and gloves look poor. He has batted in all 8 innings so far and has only 107 runs with an average of 15.28, with his high of 39.
He scored 39&23 in the first Ashes game, 0&26 in the second, 3&5* in the third and 0&11 in the fourth. As a goalie, Butler caught some sensational catches but also dropped many easy ones.
Meanwhile, in his Telegraph column, Boycott said England management could not be “sentimental or seduced” by Butler’s stunning performance in the One-Day International. In addition, he noted that Butler has only scored 2 centuries out of 57 tests.
“England can’t be sentimental and seduced by his brilliance in one-day cricket. The truth is he’s not doing enough to keep his Test position,” said Geoffrey Boycott
Boycott further added that Butler’s average of 19 in 14 Tests wasn’t good enough either. He thinks goalkeeper and batsman Jonny Bairstow, who has played for a century at the Sydney Cricket Ground, is better overall than Butler.
England can’t win Test matches if they keep three or four wickets for almost nothing – Jeffrey boycott
Joe Root’s England have lost five Ashes series back-to-back in their first three games. England lost their first game at Gabba by nine wickets, 275 at the Adelaide Oval and 14 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground the third game. Game 4 at Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw, with England now 3-0 down in the five-match Test series.
The boycott also slammed England’s top-flight collapse and said they would not be able to win a Test match if the collapse continued.
“If England or any other country have been getting almost nothing by three or four wickets, they can’t win the Test; they’re 36-4 in the first set, and that’s been the case throughout the series,” Boycott noted.
The fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes is scheduled to begin at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on January 14.
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