England`s defeat of India inside three days in the fourth Test at Manchester`s Old Trafford may not have been good news for ground authorities who lost out on two days` worth of takings and it certainly wasn`t good for the tourists.
Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer lamented the team`s "embarrassing" innings and 54-run defeat by England in the third Test at Old Trafford on Saturday, criticising both the players and coach Duncan Fletcher.
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar Sunday slammed the Indian cricketers for their embarrassing innings defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, saying that they showed "no backbone" to fight against a "persistent" England side.
As India surrendered the fourth Test in Manchester by an innings and 54 runs in less than three days, the five-match series shifted decisively in England`s favour but the manner of defeats has definitely shocked everyone after the team`s historic Lord`s victory.
England consolidated their position by taking a handy 85-run lead as they reached 237 for six before heavy rain washed away nearly two sessions of play on the second day of the fourth cricket Test against India, here Friday.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has said that spin legend Shane Warne will be consulted to accelerate the development of teenaged Ashes debutant Ashton Agar before this week`s third Test at Old Trafford.
England`s last Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his surprise over the split up of the Australian squad during the past week and said that the side could only be galvanized if everyone was together.