Spat between Boycott and Harmison
Harmison hits out at Boycott
March 23, 2008
Steve Harmison, the England fast bowler, has struck back at Geoff
Boycott after the former opening batsman had launched a scathing attack
at him in a column for Daily Telegraph.
Boycott had virtually written off Harmison after his poor display in the
first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, urging the selectors not to
give him a central contract. "Since the Ashes series of 2005 he has been
poor, indifferent to bad. He's not got enough wickets and been given so
many chances," Boycott wrote in his column. "There comes a point when
the public and selectors get fed up and disillusioned with a guy not
delivering. That time has come. If he gets a central contract this
summer over some of the new kids, or any sort of central contract, then
a lot of us will be screaming: favouritism and a total waste of money.
England should forget him."
Harmison's reply was equally cutting. In his column for Mail on Sunday,
he has developed an equally well deserved reputation as someone who
thrives on kicking a man when he is down ... Enough is enough. His
remarks about me this week have gone beyond what is acceptable and it is
time someone stood up to him and told him so.
"People who only have a passing interest in the game hear the famous
Geoff Boycott Yorkshire accent and may think it gives some status to his
opinions. But inside the dressing room he has no status, he is just an
accent, some sort of caricature of a professional Yorkshireman."
Harmison went on to add that a couple of batsmen currently in the
England team didn't have a high opinion of Boycott either. "Their shared
experience was that when things weren't going well for them all they
heard from Boycott was him nailing them in the newspapers or on radio or
TV, then, if they made a century or played well, he would come up to
them full of compliments and try to ingratiate himself with them. I'm
not the only England player who has been forced to take it in the neck
from Boycott and I won't be the last."
Harmison also took a dig at Boycott for his comments on Australian fast
bowler Shaun Tait's decision to take a break from the game due to
exhaustion. Boycott had said Tait's decision had "lacked character".
"I wonder what Australia's Shaun Tait thought recently, when, after
announcing he was taking an indefinite break from the game due to
physical and emotional exhaustion, Boycott reacted by claiming he should
have shown more desire to work through his problems," Harmison wrote.
"You get the feeling that Boycott is an insecure man who needs to be
As a parting shot, Harmison had this to say to Boycott: "You say that if
England give me another central contract come October that would be
waste of money. To me, you are a waste of space."
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