England's cricketers have come under heavy fire after their 340-run thrashing at the hands of a South African team they had made light work of only a week earlier.
The nature of England's defeat was startling as they were simply steam rolled in both innings by the South African attack.
For coach Trevor Bayliss, the way in which his side rolled over and so nonchalantly accepted defeat was very concerning.
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“I watched in a bit of disbelief, it was a poor performance," said Bayliss.
“The boys are honest and realise they’ve had a shocker.”
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Now, former England captain Michael Vaughan has joined in with the choir of criticism, saying that the Three Lions failed to show Test cricket the level of respect it deserves.
Speaking in the aftermath of England's humiliating loss, Vaughan said: “The England batting has been appalling. Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is.
“They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game.
“They have this approach of attack, attack, attack. There’s no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down.
“I’m speechless. I didn’t expect England to get anything after the first innings but I did expect them to fight and bat on Tuesday.”
Joe Root's young captaincy has certainly been through the extremes already after crashing from a joyous win at Lords to one of England's worst losses in living memory in only the space of a week.
Root, who was the toast of the town off a remarkable effort with the bat at Lords, only managed a paltry eight runs in total at Trent Bridge and admitted he was disappointed with Vaughan's comments.
Vaughan is a close friend of the Root family and has been a mentor to Joe, having known the new skipper since he was only nine-years-old.
“I cannot believe he’s actually said that,” said Root, hitting back at Vaughan's comments.
“I think that’s very unfair. We pride ourselves on winning series like this but unfortunately we’ve played poorly this week.
“It’s important to stay calm. There’s a lot of cricket left in this series. It’s important we don’t get too down. We’re a good side and don’t lose that overnight but we need to learn quickly.”
The Three Lions have a week and a bit in which to regather themselves before the third Test at The Oval.
Another limp performance, in what will be the 100th Test at the famous old ground, is simply unthinkable.
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