THERE a reportedly huge question marks regarding England’s dressing room culture after one player accused coaches of fat shaming him.
Yet another catastrophic collapse in Hobart saw England lose 10 wickets for 56 runs, as Joe Root and his side went down with a whimper to lose the series 4-0.
An unnamed England star has accused staff of fat shaming him after he refused a skin-fold testCredit: AFP
Fitness was a problem for England during the Ashes series, with players often having to leave the pitchCredit: PA
But problems extend further than just on the pitch, according to the Telegraph.
It’s claimed one member of the touring party refused to take a skin-fold test, an examination to detect the amount of body fat in a player.
And when staff members put pressure on him to take part in the test, the unnamed player accused England of fat shaming him.
The squad seemed to lose fitness as the tour went on, despite lengthy preparations, and a rotation policy within the team.
Anderson then sat out the final Test after playing in the second, third and fourth.
But nonetheless standards dipped the further the tour went on.
Ollie Robinson was left out of the fourth Test after playing in the first three, but struggled upon his return for the final match.
The fast bowler had in fact been constantly on and off the pitch in the matches he had already played.
He ended up bowling just 19 overs in the fifth Test, compared to the nearly 43 of Broad.
It’s after Robinson had reportedly used a day off in Hobart to play golf in the build-up to the fifth Test, despite struggling with a shoulder injury.
And then after declaring himself able to play, a back spasm limited his capability in the final game of the humiliating series.
There are further suggestions of a drinking culture within the team from before the beginning of the series, before the Covid bubble was tightened.
Police were even forced to break up a boozy party after England’s stars were caught drinking with their Aussie rivals hours after defeat in the final Test.
Drinks are provided for the players at the team hotel, with drinking continuing when players are granted some down time.
It could have led to fitness levels dropping as the tour progressed, and sparked accusations of fat shaming from the unnamed player.