Dawson: Don’t blame counties for Ashes woe

Alastair Cook
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Liam Dawson surveyed the wreckage of England’s Ashes demise and insisted: Don’t blame county cricket.

The Hampshire all-rounder saw the Aussies recapture the urn in comprehensive style as they stormed to a 3-0 series lead with a crushing win in Perth.

But while the post-mortem has already begun with some crtiics pointing the finger at the English domestic game, Dawson believes it is simply down to the unpredictable nature of sport.

Dawson said: ‘All good teams go through a bad patch.

‘England have been one of the best Test teams in the world for the past few years and it’s the majority of the same team.

‘A few of their batters have not scored the runs and have been a little bit out of form.

‘But they are not a bad team. I think county cricket is strong.

‘Ben Stokes, who has come from county cricket, scored a hundred in his second Test match and I think that shows that county cricket is strong.

‘This team will come again.’

One of the few English players to emerge with some credit has been Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry, who earned a Test recall for the series.

And Dawson believes he could have played himself into the England side again next summer.

Dawson said: ‘I think Carbs has done well. He prides himself on getting hundreds and he might be disappointed that he hasn’t got one yet. But he has looked one of the best batsmen out there.

‘He has looked comfortable against the short ball and hopefully, for him, he has done enough to cement himself in the team for next summer.’

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