LITESPORT THERES slamming, theres blasting andthentheresGeoff Boycottsverdict on Englands miserable one-day team. Andrew Strausss rag-taggle collec- tion of players, who fly out to South Africa for the Champions Trophy on Sunday, stand on the verge of making unenviable history by becoming the first team to lose a one-day series 7-0. England slid to a crushing 111-run defeatagainstAustralialastnight,and former England batsman Boycott has hadenough--criticisingeveryonefrom the players, to the selectors and even those responsible for scrapping the 50 over domestic FP Trophy. OnEnglandsplayershesaid:There are too many one-dimensional guys there like Owais Shah, who is clearly low on confidence. Matt Prior has been exposed at the top of the order. Against high quality bowling, when the ball is moving around his flawed technique is always going to get found out. Ive looked at the bowling carefully andwevemissedBroadwhenhesbeen injured, but Sidebottom has tried to compensate by bowling too fast. Boycott bemoaned national selector Geoff Millerandhiscroniesforfailing to read the pitch at Lords last Saturday. It was clearly a turning track, but EnglandditchedAsheswinningtwirler GraemeSwann, whileNathan Hauritz took 2-23 in his 10 overs. We lost at Lords last weekend on whatwasadrypitchthatturnedabit, he said. Hauritz exposed the condi- tions and bowled beautifully, so what doEnglanddo?TheypickRashid,who hadnt played for a week, and drop Swann both shouldve played. The whole process of selection is messy and disappointing. Its left everyone really flat after the Ashes. You dont mind losing when you are playingwell,butwhenyouareconsist- ently poor its embarrassing. The whole debacle makes the decision to scrap the 50 over FP Trophyfromnextseasononwards look even more ridiculous. ECBchairmanGilesClarkecor- rectly cited at the time that the 50 overgamewillbereviewedafterthe 2011WorldCup,butBoycottbelievesthe countiesandtheECBhavejumpedthe gun. He said: Ideally the county game shouldmirrorwhatgoesonatinterna- tional level. Whats happened is not seen as a good thing by the players. Thecountieswantthegamestohave 40 over matches starting at 2pm on a Sunday because they see them as money-spinners. They have got their way but I think weve jumped the gun. Inbrief Mayweather a whitewash FLOYD MAYWEATHER JNR claims he would be a bigger star if he was white. The 32-year-old, who has won world titles at five different weights, caused a stir ahead of his comeback fight against Mexicos Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas tomorrow by saying: Can you just imagine how big Id be? If I was white, Id be the biggest athlete in America. I know that for a fact. Kallis is feeling just Champion JACQUES KALLIS is in bullish mood ahead of the start of South Africas new season, admitting he is very happy with the way his game has kicked on in recent months. The hosts begin their Champions Trophy campaign on Tuesday and then face England at Centurion Park on Sunday. He said: I have had a good off-season which has allowed me time to work on my fitness and to do normal things away from cricket. Hagen taking tour by storm NORWAYS Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed his fourth stage win in a row to extend his lead in the Tour of Britain. The 22-year-old finished ahead of Martin Reimer and Britains Russell Downing to win the sixth stage, from Frome to Bideford. Boasson Hagen now has a 19- second lead. Stage seven, which runs from Hatherleigh to Yeovil, takes place today with the finish in London tomorrow. Swimming star retires aged 22 LAURE MANAUDOU announced her decision to retire from swimming today at the age of 22. The former Olympic, World and European champion cited the split with coach Philippe Lucas in May 2007 as a key factor. Its decided. Im stopping, she said. Manaudou won gold in the 400m freestyle in the 2004 Olympics, three World Championships and 17 European Championships. Joy of Sox for leading Angels BASEBALLS American League West leaders Los Angeles Angels had to battle for a 4-3 win away to the Boston Red Sox. It was 3-3 in the ninth inning until Howie Kendricks homer broke the deadlock. An epic encounter between visitors Chicago and Seattle went into the 14th inning, before the Mariners triumphed 4-3. Tampa Bay eased to a 3-0 victory away to East strugglers Baltimore. Little and large: Dan Evans and Jerzy Janowicz Evans will stand tall against Davis Cup rival despite being Poles apart DAN EVANS must overcome a huge disadvantage against his Polish rival as Britains No2 at the Davis Cup Zone One group tie in Liverpool today. Evans, 19, is ranked 302 in the world, his singles rival, Jerzy Janowicz, stands at No261. But thats only part of the problem. Jerzy stands at a lofty 6ft 6in, Evans a mere 5ft 8in. But the little big man from Birmingham insists: As far as Im concerned it was right to pick me. Its a challenge but I am capable of winning my matches. Its a boost to know that Andy Murray wanted me in the team because you can come here and sometimes wonder if youre wanted, so its nice. Brit No1 Murray has been impressed by Evans and said: Before this week I didnt know Dan that well. He has fought hard in practice and got on well with the group. This weeks been good. Hopefully he can keep that up. World No3 Murray kicks off the tie against No678 Michal Przysiezny, hoping to shrug off the wrist injury which ruined his US Open chances. Murray, 22, said: I plan on playing the three days but I will take it one day at a time and see how I am feeling. Im playing a guy I dont know a lot about -- that is normally tricky. BY NEAL COLLINS Today Singles: A Murray v Michal Przysiezny, D Evans v J Janowicz Tomorrow Doubles: A Murray and R Hutchins v M Matkowski and M Fyrstenberg Sunday Singles: Murray v Janowicz, Evans v Przysiezny DAVIS CUP DRAW Boycott slams one-day flops BY JAMES GOLDMAN ON OWAIS SHAH Hes another batsman who is far too one dimensional ON THE SELECTORS They made a mistake at Lords and the whole process is messy ON THE FP TROPHY The county game must mirror what goes on at international level Messy:OwaisShahtrudgesoffafterafailurelastnight,mainpic,whileGilesClarke,above,andGeoffMiller,top,havedrawncriticismfromGeoffBoycottSeventh ODI: Sunday, Sky Sports 2, from 10am London Lite Friday, 18 September 2009 41 Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1, from 2am index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html