Sir Ian Botham lashes out at 'coaching mumbo-jumbo' in cricket

Wellington, Mar 14 (ANI): Former England captain Sir Ian Botham has said that it is not just the Australian team which has fallen victim to coaching jargon or gimmicks, labeling them as 'mumbo-jumbo'.

Botham's comment came on the heels of the axing of Australian Test No.4 Shane Watson, in-form quick James Pattinson, reserve batsman Usman Khawaja and back-up paceman Mitchell Johnson from the third Test against India for failing to meet a deadline for a homework assignment set by coach Mickey Arthur, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Stating that he was never fond of the coaching 'mumbo-jumbo', Botham sarcastically said that if running a cricket team was as simple as speaking mumbo-jumbo then David Brent would be the coach of England, referring to a character in the TV show 'The Office'.

Stating that the complete story behind the meltdown of the Australian team in India is yet to be uncovered, Botham said that in his experience, cricket is essentially a game of runs, wickets and catches.

Reminiscing about his playing days, Botham said that during those days, the then English chairman of selectors Ted Dexter had asked the players to learn a reworked version of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers to fire them up ahead of an Ashes Test, adding that Dexter advised them to practice the hymn even while they were showering. (ANI)

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