England were finally pulled out of their misery on Saturday as an embarrassing series of tests against India ended in the most fitting way possible: with a first-rate batting collapse.
After succumbing to a quick defeat within two days in the third test, the fourth was decided in under three as India took a series victory 3-1 by one set and 25 points.
Only Dan Lawrence was able to leave the pitch with his head held high for the tours as Indian spinners Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel once again crossed England, beating them to 135 in their second round.
Lawrence was the only batsman to pass 50 as Ashwin and Patel took all ten wickets, reducing England to 30-4 at one point after another top-notch collapse.
As the controversy on the Ahmedabad pitch offered England an excuse for his humiliation last week, Darren Gough insists there can be no hiding from this ‘horrific’ display.
“When it got a little bit in the wicket, we just weren’t good enough technically,” the former England bowler said in a comment for talkSPORT 2.
“We didn’t have the right frame of mind. We can talk about having a game plan, but in every game the first order passes.
“It’s a good cricket ground, it’s an absolute belter. There’s a little in there for the seamstress, a little for the spinner, but if you stay in the crease and go in you can go on and score like Washington Sundar did and like Rishabh Pant did.
He added: “I just think we haven’t found a way to play against them. [Ashwin and Patel], it was difficult with the conditions that favored them, but it is good ground with few things.
“We just don’t have the skills to face India’s two very high quality spinners.
“It’s just awful, isn’t it?” It was just a really horrible game for England.