Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan
Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan (Credits: Twitter)

Former cricketers, Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne are perplexed why Joe Root – and England staff – delayed their second-innings declaration despite having plenty of runs to defend.

On Day 4 of the ongoing Chennai Test between India and England, England went into lunch with the score of 1/1 after bowling India out for 337 gaining a hefty 241-run lead. They batted aggressively in the second session scoring 118 runs in 25 overs losing 4 more wickets.

It was expected that England would bat with even more alacrity after tea – Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope were at the crease – to give plenty of overs to their bowlers in order to dismiss the Indian batting line-up.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

What on Earth are they doing: Shane Warne

However, it didn’t happen – not only England batted slowly but also at no point post Tea it seemed like they are about to declare. Post Tea, the visitors made just 59 runs in a little less than 20 overs before getting bowled out; R Ashwin took a 6-wicket haul, and Joe Root once again top-scored England’s innings.

It was perplexing for everyone as the English batters just decided to bide out time. Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, and former legendary Aussie spinner, Shane Warne were involved in a conversation on Twitter while England batsmen bored and confused everyone outside their think-tank.

With Vaughan expressing his utter boredom and frustration over England’s tactics to deal with the declaration, a bewildered Warne cautioned them of India stealing a draw.

Vaughan opined that Joe Root is being over-cautious; the heist by Kyle Mayers against Bangladesh’s or India themselves chasing down the total in Brisbane could be playing on their minds. The former skipper reckons that Root may have just given India a chance to draw the game by their late declaration.

However, Michael Vaughan is still optimistic about England’s chances to win the match on a pitch that’s is offering plenty of assistance to the spinner; India has lost Rohit Sharma as Jack Leach castled the opener with a peach disturbing the off-stump.

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