Cricketer turned commentator Michael Vaughan said that Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj could be a major threat to England on the final day of the fourth Test.
England were 77 for no loss at the end of Day 4, as openers Rory Burns (31) and Haseeb Hameed (43) showed a great amount of determination to play 32 overs and didn’t lose their guard.
The pitch at Oval is flat and many experts feel that England will hold the advantage to chase as they have 10 wickets in hand and India are missing the service of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been benched throughout the series till now.
Mohammed Siraj gets a little bit of the scrambled seam and wobble seam: Michael Vaughan
Siraj had produced a match haul of eight wickets at Lord’s in the second Test to help India win by 151 runs. He ran through England’s lower-middle order batsmen to fold their innings on 120 in the second innings.
Vaughan feels Siraj could use his scrambled seam to unsettle the English batters and allow India to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
“Mohammed Siraj could be a major threat. He looks like the kind of bowler that bowls well on flat wickets, makes things happen. We saw that at Lord’s. Siraj, who gets a little bit of the scrambled seam and wobble seam. That will be important,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
Michael Vaughan wants Jasprit Bumrah to bowl slower balls
Bumrah, who has picked 16 wickets in this series so far, will be key for India to get the important batsman back in the pavilion and Vaughan wants the bowler to use the slower ones on the Oval pitch.
“I’m looking for someone like Bumrah to bowl the slower balls. Those kind of deliveries will be very important,” Vaughan said.
Earlier on Day 4, India’s lower-middle order blazed runs as the visitors put a total of 466 in the second innings to set Joe Root and his team a target of 367. The series is tied at 1-1 with all three results possible on the final day.