What they say on Aust’s Ashes collapse


Former captain RICKY PONTING: “For the second consecutive game not one of the batsmen put their hand up and ensured they get the job done for their team.”

Former captain ALLAN BORDER: “I don’t think they are playing like a cohesive unit that love each other, I don’t think there was enough heart in that performance, there definitely wasn’t enough technique, there definitely wasn’t enough grit to stick it out.”

ALLAN BORDER, again: “There will be an investigation into this for sure, Cricket Australia have really got to investigate what’s in that dressing room.”

Former Test wicketkeeper IAN HEALY: “Their hearts might not be that strong … are they together as a team? Do they fragment from here? Do they meet and talk about it tonight? Will they confront it?”

Former Test spinner SHANE WARNE, on Twitter: “Not enjoying day one here in Nottingham so far. Think I have to hit the town tonight and drown my sorrows. Suggestions welcomed, where’s best?”

Former Test bowler GLENN MCGRATH: “They went a little hard at the ball and you can’t afford to do it on wickets like this. If you go too hard at the ball you’re going to start nicking them and that’s what Australia did.”

Former England captain IAN BOTHAM: “It’s the sort of score you expect to see at the under-9s on the village green.”

Former England captain MICHAEL VAUGHAN: “The fight has gone. I saw defeatism from a few Australians after they lost the toss. It was `poor old us’ time.”

Former England batsman GEOFFREY BOYCOTT: “They batted like lemmings. It’s the poorest Australian batting performance I’ve seen in 50 years. I’ve never seen anything as bad.”

Australian Foreign Minister JULIE BISHOP, when asked if the Australian team should be stripped of their citizenship: “Yes, that has crossed my mind.”

ABC election analyst ANTONY GREEN: “04W24W0W04100000W40000110W020000401000W000000000101000011W0011200010040040000W1W30000000000000400000000000001004W. The first test innings in history where the ball by ball summary fits in a tweet.”

Comedian ANDY LEE: “This is what Bangladesh must feel like … every game.”

All Blacks captain RICHIE MCCAW: “Pressure does funny things to good players if you allow it to get on top of you, and that’s what I think happened. The English got their tails up and the other team didn’t, and it can be pretty nasty.”

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