Gough hasn’t held back here…
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Former England quick Darren Gough has launched a stunning tirade on the country’s national selectors in the lead up to the World Cup.
England were beaten by 87 runs in Colombo on Tuesday to lose the series 5-2 against Sri Lanka, and will now return home before jetting off down under to face Australia in a tri-series before the World Cup.
Gough took to English radio to take aim at the selection panel of national selector James Whitaker, head coach Peter Moores, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell.
“England are one of the top sides in the world with the players they’ve got, but they’re playing like a bunch of schoolboys,” he is quoted as saying by AAP.
“They’ve got no serious plan, and the player who’s stopping us having a plan is Alastair Cook.
“He’s a great bloke and I’m not going to slag him off, but we’ve just lost a series and the selectors keep saying he’s the man to lead England.
“It doesn’t matter what he’s like as a captain off the field, as a one-day unit we’re not good enough and he’s at the top of it.
“The selectors should hang their heads in shame. They should be put in the stocks and have apples thrown at them.
“It’s a disgrace they keep picking the same team. Let me pick a team. Ring me up and I’ll pick a team to go to the World Cup.
“We probably won’t win it but I tell you what, they’ll show a bit more style and fight than the team we’ve picked so far.
“It’s embarrassing watching the same mistakes being made time and time again.
“The selectors haven’t got a leg to stand on.”
The selection meeting for England’s World Cup squad takes place on Friday.