Don't let Aussies walk all over you, says Botham
by CricketArchive staff reporter
DateLine: 16th November 2006
Former England skipper Ian Botham expects current captain Andrew
Flintoff to lead an Ashes backlash following the sudden departure from
Australia of Marcus Trescothick.
Somerset opener Trescothick returned home Wednesday after a recurrence
of his stress-related illness forced him to quit the Australian tour,
and was replaced by Middlesex batsman Ed Joyce.
Trescothick's dramatic u-turn is considered a blow to England's
chances. But Botham is still backing England to retain the Ashes Down
Under and he expects Flintoff to tell his players to "get stuck in and
fill their boots".
"Flintoff will be disappointed, but not disheartened, by the reshuffle"
Botham told the Daily Mirror. "I know he will regard it as a major
opportunity for those left on the tour to take the fight to the
Aussies. He will tell them to forget about what has happened in the
first week, to get stuck in and fill their boots. One thing he will not
tolerate is any pessimism. I get so cheesed off when people respond to
setbacks with doom and gloom - especially in Australia, who will
trample all over you if you show any sign of taking a backward step.
He'll tell them to face the front of the class and face facts: England
hold the Ashes, and if they think positive the Aussies will have to
play out of their skins to retrieve them."
Joyce will join the Ashes squad in Adelaide Friday, where England is
playing a three-day game against South Australia ahead of the November
23 opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Trescothick suffered a stress disorder that forced him to take a
complete break to recover during England's India tour last February and
the subsequent English summer. Trescothick, who will be 31 next month,
has played 76 Tests for England, scoring 5,825 runs at 43.79 with 14