Boycott: Woakes wouldn't trouble my mum

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Former batsman Geoffrey Boycott has questioned the makeup of the England XI, after Australia reached a formidable 307 for four on day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Wednesday.

Former batsman Geoffrey Boycott has questioned the makeup of the England XI, after Australia reached a formidable 307 for four on day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Wednesday.

All-rounder Shane Watson cherished a stark return to form, clouting his first Test century in three years en route to a career-best 176, which featured 25 boundaries and a solitary six in London.

Watson was particularly fruitful against debutant spinner Simon Kerrigan, who copped 28 runs in his opening 12 deliveries – and finished with figures of none for 53 in eight overs. Fellow new cap Chris Woakes, too, went without breakthrough.

"I've seen Woakes bowl before and, I'm sorry, he wouldn't trouble my mum," Boycott told <i>Test Match Special</i>. "He hasn't really done anything with the ball, and the other spinner Kerrigan can't really bowl and is leaking so many runs."

Erstwhile slow bowler Phil Tufnell, meanwhile, sympathised with the 24-year-old Kerrigan. The left-armer, after graduating to the international fold on the back of an impressive 47 wickets in 10 County Championship Division Two fixtures this season, failed to justify expectation.

"They've not allowed Kerrigan to settle and it's easy to drop short when under pressure. It's a learning curve for him but he will be disappointed not to contribute. It was a really tough day for him," added Tufnell.

Middle-order batsman Steven Smith and nightwatchman Peter Siddle will resume on 66 not out and 18 not out respectively on Thursday.

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