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Glenn McGrath feels franchise cricket has killed the passion for Ashes

By BetBarter Staff

December 24, 2021

England has lost the first two Ashes Tests and is now on the brink of losing the series. Everyone, including former players, has criticized the English cricketers' body language in the middle. The team has also made blunders while picking the right set of 11 players.

However, when both teams meet in the Boxing Day Test, England would hope not to recreate any more error. England last won a Test match in Australia back in the 2010-11 Ashes. England will have to do a lot of work in the next three Test matches to escape a whitewash.

Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has added his name to the list of ex-players who are not happy with England's performance. He mentioned that England and Australia players are too friendly with each other which has taken the spark away from the Ashes series.

"With the IPL and the Big Bash, these players know one another well. You see batsmen and bowlers joking around. I'd like to see some emotion out in the middle," McGrath was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

McGrath further mentioned that Australia is going to be more aggressive in the upcoming Test. Pat Cummins, who missed the last Test, is expected to be back leading the team in Boxing Day Test.

"I'd love there to be more of a battle. Australia aren't going to take their foot off the throttle, now that they have Pat Cummins coming back," McGrath added.

McGrath wants to see the players show some aggression and not try to be politically correct. He also feels that players are a bit nervous, and that is stopping them from playing hard cricket.

"It can be a little bit too nice sometimes. That's the way everything's going, isn't it? There's a lot of political correctness. People are a bit nervous about being aggressive and playing hard," McGrath added.