There have been some harsh words said about English’s batsmen in the third Test at Headingley, however ex-Australian captain Ian Chappell may have delivered the harshest of the lot, in his takedown of English opener Jason Roy following yet another failure in the hosts second innings.
With history already against them, England needed a solid opening stand to keep their faint hopes alive, however the script remained the same, as Pat Cummins skittled Roy (8) with one of the balls of the series.
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However, when analysing the wicket, Chappell launched an extraordinary takedown.
“If you’ve ever seen a batsman totally off balance and completely beaten (it’s here),” Chappell said on Nine’s coverage of the Ashes.
Continuing, he took the criticism a step further.
“He is out of his depth.”
“Not only is he out of his depth opening the batting, but he’s out of his depth at Test level.”
Roy has struggled in the series to date, returning scores of 10, 28, 0, 2, 9 and 8 at an average of just 9.5.
Whilst he is not the only English batsman struggling for form, he must now be at long odds to retain his spot at the top of the order come the next Test at Old Trafford.