ENG vs SCO: "People are not going to keep their jobs" - Michael Vaughan warns England as they gear up to defend T20 World Cup title

Published - 02 Jun 2024, 11:07 PM | Updated - 02 Jun 2024, 11:09 PM

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

As England gear up to defend their T20 World Cup title, their former captain Michael Vaughan has fired a timely warning to them. The Jos Buttler-led side is eyeing to become the first team in the history of the game to win back-to-back T20 World Cups.

They are definitely one of the strongest contenders for the title this year. The reigning champions are drawn in Group B along with 2021 winners and bitter rivals Australia, Scotland, Oman, and Namibia. With two teams to progress to the Super 8s stage from the group stage, England and Australia are the favorites to qualify from Group B.

While only time will tell how England perform in the ongoing ninth edition of the T20 World Cup, Michael Vaughan has warned them to avoid repeating the mistakes that they committed in the ODI World Cup last year. England were the defending champions for the ODI World Cup as well but had a disastrous campaign in India. They finished at the seventh spot in the ten-team competition after managing to win just three of their nine league games.

Michael Vaughan's warning for England:

Ahead of England's title defense campaign, Michael Vaughan has said that the team's leaders will be under pressure to deliver in the T20 World Cup. The former cricketer stated that 'people are not going to keep their jobs' if England fail to do well in the tournament.

He stated that England had made a number of mistakes in the ODI World Cup and could not afford to make the same mistakes again. He also warned the reigning champions about their poor record in the Caribbeans. Even though England won the T20 World Cup in the West Indies in 2010, they have struggled in bilateral series in the Caribbeans.

"This England leadership group is under pressure. They failed miserably in India and if we see a similar defence of their 20-over World Cup trophy then I’m afraid people are not going to keep their jobs.

"You get judged as captain and coach on decisions at the toss, selections on the morning of the match, ensuring the mindset is right and playing the correct style at the right times. Let’s be honest, England made a lot of mistakes in India. Over the next four weeks they cannot make the same errors again," Michael Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

"The one worry for England is they are not very successful in the Caribbean, apart from lifting the T20 World Cup in 2010. We have not won a Test series there since 2004, England lost both white-ball series in December. Sometimes in the Caribbean you become too relaxed.

"You are on the beach and the jet skis and in Barbados it almost feels like you are on holiday playing a bit of cricket on the side. It is trying to find that balance of not being too intense like they were in India, while also not being too relaxed as if on holiday," he added.

England will start their campaign in the T20 World Cup against Scotland on Tuesday (June 4).

 

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