The former fast bowler of Australia, Jeff Thomson, confesses that he was quite “embarrassed” by batting performance of his country in 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s.

In this series, England won by three-forty-seven runs and took a lead with 2-0.

Thomson, aged 62, told that he was embarrassed and desperately hoped they could do better in Manchester. He said, “We just said it’s the worst batting we’ve ever seen in our life. Then they turned around and did it in the second innings.”

In the second innings they played, Australia got bowled out at 235, late on 4th day, after 583 was set to them by England to win and by announcing on seven outs at 349 runs. Earlier, they were dismissed in their 1st innings for 128.

Visitors go at Old Trafford into 3rd Test, starting 1st August, facing prospect of the series defeat.

Jeff Thomson, aged 62, is regarded as a very fast bowler who ever played Test cricket and took above 200 wickets in Test matches before his retirement in 1986.

His partnership of bowling with Dennis Lillee tended to be a very fearsome one in the history of Test cricket.

He said that he was quite impressed with guys in Nottingham in the 1st game and thought they were fighters, even if not very great. Then, he said, they did fair enough at Lord’s; also, the bowlers performed okay. He thought it was all good but then they were out in just 50 overs. He was very angry with the shots played by them.

The former skipper of England, Mike Gatting, aged 56, said that he has a bit of sympathy for the  current plight of Australia. He said, “I can’t feel sorry for them because we’ve had many beatings from them. Losing is very hard and they do tend to rub your nose in it, especially if you are in Australia.”

According to him, it was significant for England that they shouldn’t let up and should keep foot on Australian throat to make sure that they do not get up.

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