No joy in watching Oz get thrashed by England at Lord`s, says Angus Fraser
London: Former England cricketer Angus Fraser has said that he takes no satisfaction in watching Australia get whipped by England in the ongoing Ashes series, despite the Ashes thrashings England suffered during his career.
According to Fraser, the British public has taken complete advantage of watching England take an almost impregnable 2-0 lead in the summer Ashes and have not wasted a chance to ridicule the side`s oldest foes, whereas Australian supporters appeared forlorn and embarrassed, the Independent reports.
However, Middlesex`s Managing Director of Cricket said that he is not that happy and is feeling a bit hollow to see Australia getting thrashed by England, especially at Lord`s, as he felt that he had not witnessed much of a contest.
However, Fraser said that he is happy to see Alastair Cook and his men triumph and congratulated him and coach Andy Flower for helping the team with their performances.
Stating that the game had an inevitable feel to it the moment Australia lost nine first innings wickets for 62 runs on the second day at Lord`s, Fraser further said that even though England has a chance to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on Australia, it may not be a good thing for English cricket as after that the Ashes will stop being newsworthy.
According to Fraser, before the fourth Test begins, the focus of the media will have moved to football, the Premier League and the latest club Wayne Rooney has been linked with, adding that the best thing that could have happened in this series was for England to lose the first Test in Nottingham, which would have carried the Ashes buzz till August.
Fraser hoped that Australia put in a strong performance in Manchester in the third Test as he wanted to see a contest similar to that in the first Test at Nottingham, adding that fans were chatting with their friends rather than watching the game at Lord`s on Sunday as they believed that the contest was already over.
Stating that the 2005 Ashes was a once in a lifetime series, Fraser said that despite the immediate gloating Sunday`s win allowed, England fans need more Tests like Nottingham 2013 than Lord`s 2013 to remember this series in five years` time.