Bit more on Boycott's charming ways.
- he was dropped after scoring 246* against India for slow scoring, and the implications of selfishness that go with it.
Going into the match, he'd played 7-8 innings in first class cricket for the season and reached double figures once.
On day 1, he grinded his way to little over a 100, and on day 2, he doubled his score in half the time, which (he says) brought on more criticism for selfishness along the lines of "he can score fast when he wants to, see, he was just playing for himself that 1st day".
Boycott's view, that he grinded because he wasn't batting well and out of form, and felt better the next day sounds completely reasonable to me. And England won comfortably with time to spare. And Boycott was punished for slow scoring and dropped for the next match
-They say he ducked fast bowling, esp. Lillee and Thomson in 74/75. Tony Greig was fined and and stripped of the Sussex captaincy for making claims like this, and he wasn't the only one.
No one knew who Thomson was going into the tour, and no one knew what Lillee, returning after 2 years, was capable of.
He tells a good story about Botham, too. Says Botham was as gung-ho to join the first rebel tour to South Africa as anyone and repeated his commitment (while on vacation in Antigua with Viv Richards) months after the initial process of seeing who was interested and who wasn't. Then Botham had some commercial/sponsorship deals fall his way and backed out last minute.
He told the press that he chose not to go because "I would never be able to look Viv in the eye again".
Boycott quotes Gooch as saying, "I'll never trust Both again", after this episode.