Former Australia bowler Jeff Thomson has launched a scathing attack on his country's batsmen, saying that their batting in the second Ashes test at Lord's was ‘embarrassing’.
The tourists were beaten by 347 runs with a day to spare on Sunday, leaving them staring down the barrel of a third consecutive Ashes series loss, as England took a 2-0 lead.
Thomson, who played 51 test matches for the Aussies between 1972 and 1985, was highly critical of the team, after they were skittled out for just 128 and 235 in the second test. They have failed to reach 300 in four innings so far this series.
He told BBC Radio 5Live: "I'm embarrassed. I hope like hell they can do something in Manchester.
"We just said it's the worst batting we've ever seen in our life. Then they turned around and did it in the second innings."
Despite the poor form, the first test at Trent Bridge was only decided by 14 runs, when a last wicket stand of 65 between Brad Haddin and James Pattinson almost secured an unlikely victory for the visitors.
That gave Thomson hope, but he questioned the players’ level of fight in the second test as they gradually wilted with ball and bat.
"I thought these guys aren't that great but they're fighters. Then they came out at Lord's, and the bowlers did a fair job,” he added.
"I thought that was very good, then we're out in 50 overs. And the shots they played, I was so angry."
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