Ashes 2013/14: England's batting on this Gabba pitch was 'ridiculous'
Sir Ian Botham branded England's batting "ridiculous" after Australia wrapped up the first Test.
Last Updated: 26/11/13 4:22pm
Australia, who have lost the last three Ashes series, powered into a 1-0 lead by bowling England out for under 200 for the second time in the match on a good batting track.
England skipper Alastair Cook admitted on Sky Sports that the Gabba pitch "was a very good wicket" and Botham said that makes the manner of the defeat all the more difficult to stomach.
"I'm very disappointed and a little embarrassed as well," said the former all-rounder. "I expect a lot more than that from England. To score 300 runs in a match on this surface is pretty poor.
"The batsmen need to have a long, hard look at themselves and the way they've got out. How many of them were got out rather than them getting out?
"The bowlers got no respite as a result; after the first innings they had to get back out there so quickly that they were put in an impossible situation, staring down the barrel.
"It was just a matter of when Australia would win, not how long it took. It's just not good enough, to be honest. We've got this habit of doing this in the first Test.
"When you are bowled out for 136 on a shirt-front, which that is and still is, you are out of the game. To be bowled out cheaply twice is ridiculous. Alastair Cook showed in the second innings that you could stay there, as did Joe Root.
"Mitchell Johnson gave Australia a fear factor but when you're playing international sport at this level, you've got to face up to that. You are not going to smash it all around the ground, you are not going to get many freebies.
"Johnson and Ryan Harris are exceptional bowlers, while Peter Siddle is a work horse - and a good one, who keeps it tidy - and I thought Nathan Lyon bowled well."
England will travel to Alice Springs before the second Test in Adelaide for a two-game match against a Chairman's XI, starting on December 4.
But Botham said that some of England's players, including number three batsman Jonathan Trott - who scored just 19 runs in the Test as he struggled to deal with Johnson's pace and bounce - would be better served by prioritising batting practice over the friendly match.
"I don't see any point in taking Trott to Alice Springs where he will play on a slow, low pitch against a pretty ordinary, mediocre attack," said Botham.
"He'd even be better off going to play for the development side, who have got a three-day game down here - that would do him more good than Alice Springs.
"I think he needs to go with the batting coach and work on that down in Adelaide quietly, away from the press, behind closed doors.
"He can do it however he wants but he needs to go away and work on it because England need him performing at No 3.
"He's been 'Mr Cool, Calm and Collected' for the last three or four years but at the moment he's disturbed because he's been roughed up.
"We noticed it during the summer when, as the Tests went on, he got more and more of the short stuff; he got peppered here and he'll get the same in Adelaide."
See if England can hit straight back in the series when the second Ashes Test at Adelaide begins on December 4. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 2 at 11pm.