England’s forgettable batting performance on the first day of the third Test in Ahmedabad has led their former captain Michael Vaughan to rebuke their countrymen. The English batsmen showed no grit after choosing to bat first in the pink-ball Test as 112 was all they could manage. Michael Vaughan hit out at the batsmen, claiming that they are not skilful enough to play in these conditions.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were once again in the mix as both the spinners shared nine wickets. The latter was the chief destroyer as he followed his fifer in the second Test to take a six-wicket haul in less than 22 overs. Patel, who made his debut in the last match, dismissed Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, and Ben Foakes in an outstanding effort.
Zak Crawley was the only batsman to stand up to India’s bowlers as he scored an outstanding half-century, consisting of 11 boundaries. He was also one of the four batsmen to reach double figures in an innings that lasted only 48.4 overs from England. Skipper Joe Root, who perished to Ravichandran Ashwin, managed 17 runs while his deputy, Ben Stokes, departed for 6.
It’s the non-spinning deliveries that England haven’t been able to play: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan took to his official Twitter handle, highlighting English batsmen’s inability to play the non-spinning balls. The former Ashes winning skipper added that it could be the scars that they are carrying from the second Test and that they are not skilled enough to play well in these conditions.
It’s the non spinning deliveries that England haven’t been able to play … Scars from the 2nd Test me thinks … England just don’t have enough skilled players in these conditions … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 24, 2021