London, July 23 (ANI): Australian cricket legend Allan Border has slammed the nation's batsmen struggling in the Ashes and labelled the top three batsmen as an 'embarrassment', saying that they are worse than the team's tailenders.
According to the Mirror, Border, who cracked 27 hundreds on his own across his Test career, was frustrated by Australia's twin losses in the Ashes series, especially the batting collapse at Lord's and expressed his anger at the batsmen for failing to register even one between them in four innings so far in the current series.
Fueling the debate on whether this is the worst Australian lineup of all time, the Godfather of Australian cricket expressed his concern at the performance of the top six batsmen, saying that the top three batsmen should be embarrassed as the players in the tail-end positions looked more competent than them.
Stating that the rumours that Australian batting is their Achilles heel heading into the series is turning into a reality, Border however, said that he can understand what the players are going through, adding that he has been in a similar position before when his side got almost hammered by England in Melbourne in the 1986-87 Ashes series.
However, Border also said that if they current side want to have success in this tour, they need to stand up and say 'enough is enough' and give their best to England, adding that in his era, the players presented an united front to turn the situation around for the better.
But the report said that current Australian side seems split with the relationship of Shane Watson, a two-time winner of the Allan Border Medal, with skipper Michael Clarke constantly under the microscope.
Fearing that Watson's career could soon be over without ever truly fulfilling his potential in the game with his troubles with LBW highlighted, Border further said that he is worried by the fact that Watson kept going out in the same fashion constantly, adding that he needed to figure out about who is to blame for the blunder.
Agreeing with Border, one time fast bowler Rodney Hogg branded the current side in the same bracket as the one stripped of its World Series Cricketers who lost 5-1 to England in the 1970s. (ANI)