England leave Botham 'a little embarrassed'

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Erstwhile captain Ian Botham expressed plenty of disappointment in the wake of England's 381-run drubbing at the hands of Australia – on day four of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.

Erstwhile captain Ian Botham expressed plenty of disappointment in the wake of England's 381-run drubbing at the hands of Australia – on day four of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.

Opener Michael Carberry's 40 and skipper Alastair Cook's 65 were the highest scores in weak first and second innings totals of 136 all out and 179 all out respectively.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Australian bowlers, fetching telling figures of nine for 103 – and the Man of the Match award. The selection of spinner Nathan Lyon, meanwhile, paid off – after an instrumental brace in each innings.

"I'm very disappointed and a little embarrassed as well. I expect a lot more than that from England. To score 300 runs in a match on this surface is pretty poor," <i>Sky Sports</i> quoted Botham as saying.

"The batsmen need to have a long, hard look at themselves and the way they've got out. How many of them were got out rather than them getting out? The bowlers got no respite as a result; after the first innings they had to get back out there so quickly that they were put in an impossible situation, staring down the barrel.

"It was just a matter of when Australia would win, not how long it took. It's just not good enough, to be honest. We've got this habit of doing this in the first Test."

Botham lauded the collective effort of the host seam attack, spearheaded by the pace of left-armer Johnson and complemented by the swing and seam generated by right-armers Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris. The trio have been retained in an unchanged squad for the second Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on 5 December.

"When you are bowled out for 136 on a shirt-front, which that is and still is, you are out of the game. To be bowled out cheaply twice is ridiculous. Cook showed in the second innings that you could stay there, as did Joe Root," added Botham.

"Mitchell gave Australia a fear factor but when you're playing international sport at this level, you've got to face up to that. You are not going to smash it all around the ground, you are not going to get many freebies.

"Johnson and Harris are exceptional bowlers, while Siddle is a workhorse – and a good one, who keeps it tidy – and I thought Lyon bowled well."

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