Cape Town - Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has heavily
criticised India's inability with the bat during the on-going Test series in the
The Indians have slipped to a two-nil deficit in the
five-match affair, in the wake of a 31-run defeat at Headingley and innings and
159-run defeat at Lord's.
Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval will host matches
three, four and five, respectively.
Visiting captain Virat Kohli has averaged 60 across the
series so far, with a fine ton and a complementary half-ton, but not one other
top- through middle-order batsman has managed a half-ton.
"Trying to work straight out swingers through midwicket
and then being surprised when you get bowled or nick it to the slips is
brainless. Playing the ball on the up in front of your pad is a no-no,"
Boycott wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
"They have not sat down, talked or practised in the
nets and got their heads around how they are going to bat differently in
The tourists have endured plenty of struggles against
English seamer James Anderson, who has already snared 13 wickets before the
halfway mark of the series.
"These are elementary things you do not do against any
decent swing bowler in English conditions. To try to do it to James Anderson,
who is one of the great master craftsmen in those conditions, tells me the
Indian batsmen have not done their homework," added Boycott.
"India have come to England complacently and arrogantly
thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day."