Former England captain Michael Vaughan was not happy with Tim Paine’s leadership skills after Australia have lost the Border Gavaskar series against India at Gabba. India despite the injury problems they faced, came out as the winner of the series and now Tim Paine’s captaincy has been put under scrutiny as this is his second straight loss after losing their home series 1-2 in 2018 against India. He wrote Tim Paine’s calls as ‘strange’ in a column for the UK Telegraph and was critical of his captaincy.
“It will not help Paine’s cause that Australia have once again lost a close game – something they have made a habit of in recent years. I always feel that captains should be judged on how they marshal a tight match, rather than how they lead in an easy victory, and Paine is making some strange calls.” wrote Michael Vaughan in the UK Telegraph
Australia Can Cope Without Tim Paine’s Leadership: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan suggested that Australia can cope without the leadership of Tim Paine and he also feels that Alex Carey should be the wicketkeeper for the Ashes. He pointed out the brittleness in the middle order for Australia and figured out that other than Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, the batting order looks a bit unsettled.
“The batting – aside from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne – has a soft centre, the pace bowling attack, rightly hailed as being the world’s best a few weeks ago, lacked penetration at crucial moments in the last three Tests against India, and Nathan Lyon had no impact at all,” Vaughan added.
“If they do, then Paine should be left out because Australia can cope without his leadership. Captains are sometimes placed on a pedestal and deemed untouchable, but I have never bought into that. You saw that in this series with Virat Kohli going home and Ajinkya Rahane taking over – India did not miss a beat.”
Michael Vaughan took a toll on the Australian bowlers too, claiming them as not penetrative enough in the crucial moments and mentioned that Nathan Lyon was ineffective overall.
Michael Vaughan’s Prediction Has Left Him With Eggs On His Face
Michael Vaughan has earlier predicted that India will lose the series 4-0 after the devastation in the first test. He related that his prediction has left him with eggs on his face and he congratulated the young stars in the team.
I predicted Australia would win the series 4-0 after Adelaide, and with good reason. India looked shot after that match and with all the selection issues they had, even India’s most one-eyed fans would not have predicted a comeback. Well, they have left me with eggs on my face. But honestly? I don’t care. When you have cricket that good, and remarkable performances from rookie players such as Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur, I have no problem in being proved wrong,” Michael Vaughan added to the UK Telegraph
India won the Border Gavaskar Series 2-1 and staged one of the greatest comebacks.