England skipper Stuart Broad and coach Ashley Giles spoke honestly to the media after England’s 45-run defeat against Netherlands as they were bundled out for a mere 88 which is the lowest by a full member against an associate nation.
While the captain pointed out the “complacency” factor, the coach didn’t say anything different.
Broad told reporters: “We talked before the match about complacency not coming anywhere near our game, but if I had been watching that then I'd look at that batting performance and say it was complacent.
“No-one seemed to have any hunger to go and get any runs and there was obviously some soft dismissals in there with no-one making a telling contribution to chase a low score.
“It sums up our winter as an England side. It was pretty similar to the batting displays we put in after we lost the Ashes in Australia.”
Indeed there was a bit of complacency in there. After having made three scores of 170+, England certainly got careless and the horror show against the Dutch was the ultimate result.
Limited-overs coach Giles said: “How do I explain that? Only with a couple of words: complacency would be one of them.
“There's no hiding place. I'm not sure there's anything more we can say other than it was unacceptable and embarrassing.
“You can't choose when to turn it on and off and I felt we thought we could today. Every time you put on an England shirt and bowl a ball, field a ball, hit a ball, you have to have everything in it and we weren't doing that.
“There has to be some personal responsibility but we stick together and we have all lost that match. It should hurt those guys as much as it hurts me and I hope it does.”
Well, it really was a “shambolic performance to end a shambolic summer in a shambolic manner”. The Brits were absolutely rubbish in Australia and things got worse against Netherlands. Question marks now hang over Giles’ position.
Even Michael Carberry has questioned his position after he said: “It's that age-old word, man-management. I had a brief chat with Ashley during the fifth ODI in Adelaide; his response was that he didn't really know. If you don't know mate, I sure as hell won't know.”
It shouldn’t actually be a surprise if Ashley Giles is removed from the English setup especially after seeing the way things have gone since he has taken over the reins from Andy Flower.
With Trevor Bayliss, the current New South Wales Blues coach emerging as a possible candidate for the English coaching job, Giles should really be ready to leave his post.
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