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Ex-England bowler Darren Gough slams 'HORRENDOUS' tourists after their latest humiliating loss in India and insists Joe Root's side 'haven't got the skills' to deal with spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin

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Daily Mail
 2021-03-06

Former England bowler Darren Gough has lambasted England's display in the fourth and final Test of their tour of India as 'horrendous'.

England capitulated to another innings defeat by India as they were thumped inside three days in Ahmedabad.

Dan Lawrence scored a half-century in their second innings as England lost by an embarrassing innings and 25 runs. Joe Root (30), Ollie Pope (15) and Ben Foakes (13) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures for the sorry tourists.

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England captain Joe Root and his team-mates have been criticised by ex-bowler Darren Gough
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England had no answer to India as they lost the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs
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And with seven players unable to put up any fight against India, Gough was scathing in his criticism of the team's application in terms of technique and mentality.

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel claimed five wickets apiece in the second innings to confirm a 3-1 series win for the hosts. Overall in this Test they combined for 17 England wickets out of a possible 20 (Ashwin eight, Patel nine) and Gough believes England don't have the batting skills at all to combat their qualities.

'It's just horrendous, isn't it? It's just been a really horrendous game for England,' he told talkSPORT 2.

'We've just not got the skills to cope against the two really high-quality spinners that India have got.

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Gough called England's display 'horrendous' and they didn't have the skills against India's spin
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Dan Lawrence hit a half-century for England but his resistance wasn't matched by team-mates

'When there's been a little bit in the wicket, we've just not been good enough technically. We've not had the right mindset. We can talk about having a gameplan, but every game the top order is going.'

Ashwin and Patel have had England under their spell ever since Root led his side to victory in the series opener and ended by taking matching five-fors, taking their combined tally to 59 wickets at a slender average of just 12.83 during this series.

Having started their sub-continental campaign with back to back wins over Sri Lanka and surprise victory in Chennai, England must now pore over three heavy defeats before repairing for the white-ball series.

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In winning the fourth Test on Saturday, India completed a 3-1 series victory over England 

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