Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan react as Australia thrash England in the Ashes

Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan have labelled England’s Ashes defeat to Australia ’embarrassing’ and ‘gutless’.

Australia beat Joe Root’s side by 146 runs in the final Test in Hobart to secure a 4-0 win in the Ashes.

England, eyeing a consolation victory, began a chase of 271 superbly as openers Zak Crawley and Rory Burns put on 68, but the tourists were bowled out for 124 less than 23 overs later, losing ten wickets for 56 runs.

Australia retained the Ashes with three successive thrashings at the start of the series and finished the contest in style after being denied victory in Sydney thanks to rearguard action from England’s batters.

England have now failed to win a Test in each of their last three tours to Australia, losing 13-0 since their impressive triumph in the 2010-11 series.

Following England’s defeat in Hobart, Botham told Channel 7: ‘It’s been embarrassing, if I am honest, gutless.

‘The way that they performed today will have disappointed me and disappointed everyone back home. They should be disappointed in that dressing room as well, with the performance.

‘The one thing we have to do now is take our heads out of the sand and we need to pull together and prioritise red-ball cricket.’

The manner of England’s capitulation in Hobart also angered Vaughan, who said the team ‘threw in the towel’.

The fellow former England captain said on Fox Cricket: ‘Australia just too good for England, but I have to say this is embarrassing… they’ve just thrown the towel in.

‘I just can’t accept when I see an England side throw the towel in. That’s not the way to finish a Test match, the way they’ve played in that last hour or so.

‘It’s just not good enough. As much as bubble life, a lack of preparation, when you see a team throw the towel in like that, that’s when you know there’s real problems in English cricket that need to be ironed out.

‘At the minute we are going through a real tough stage as a group of players and the performances haven’t been good enough, but I’d love the opportunity to try to turn things around and for us to start putting in performances from an English Test team.’

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