‘That has to be our ROCK BOTTOM’: Alastair Cook slates England’s batting collapse in Hobart to conclude woeful Ashes defeat in Australia – and says nothing will change ‘until people grab this team by the scruff of the neck’
Alastair Cook says England’s latest batting collapse to conclude the Ashes was ‘rock bottom’ for Joe Root’s side.
Having been set 271 to win, the tourists collapsed from a solid position at 68-0 to 124 all out in the space of an hour and a half, as Australia romped to a fourth victory in five Tests.
After what has been a chastening tour Down Under, ex-England batsman Cook was in a state of shock following the disintegration in Hobart, describing it as ‘tough viewing.’
Alastair Cook says England’s latest batting collapse to conclude the Ashes was ‘rock bottom’
England disintegrated in their second innings from 68-0 to 124 all out in the fifth Ashes Test
‘The fact we’ve lost 10 wickets in an hour and a half. Yes the conditions are tough and there’s been some good bowling but there was no resilience there…’ Cook told BT Sport.
‘As soon as they get put under pressure you see how much resolve there is. They showed a lot in Sydney and they used it all there.
‘That was very tough viewing. That has to be our rock bottom. There cannot be a worse place than getting bowled out in an hour and a half…
‘We’ve competed in this game with the ball, didn’t get it all right. 300 all out was 100 too many actually and they lost it for an hour or so. But I actually can’t believe it took an hour and a half to lose 10 wickets.’
England endured yet another batting collapse, condemning them to a 4-0 Ashes series defeat
Rory Burns fell just before the second interval, sparking a flurry of wickets for the tourists
Cook added that it seemed inevitable that once a few wickets were lost that England did not have the batsmen to bring stability back to the innings.
‘You get bowled out in a session once or twice in a career almost. We said after a couple of wickets “something’s on here”. You can see a batting line-up devoid of all confidence and belief.
‘Once you lose one or two wickets, no one seems to be able to step up at the moment and stop that slide. You can talk all you want in the dressing room but until people grab this team by the scruff of the neck and move it for themselves, I can’t see them changing.’