England’s batting performance in the ongoing pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad after electing to bat first has not gone down well. The same has provoked former English captain Michael Vaughan to take a jibe on his countrymen. The Indian spinners have once again spun a web around the visitors, leaving them eight down after the first session. Michael Vaughan believes that England are desperately trying to give their bowlers enough overs to bowl under the lights.
England arrived for the four-match series in India with plenty of confidence after beating Sri Lanka by 2-0. They also made a dreamy start to the rubber, defeating India in the first Test by 227 runs as Joe Root spearheaded the effort by scoring a double ton. But India turned things around quickly in the second match by dismissing England below 200 in both the innings and levelling the series with a 317-run win.
And as things stand in the current Test, England might well suffer a heavy defeat and lose the opportunity to reach the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The Three Lions made four changes for the pink-ball Test, bringing in James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, and Zak Crawley for Olly Stone, Moeen Ali, Dan Lawrence, and Rory Burns. And Crawley is the only one impressing thus far and justifying his selection.
Zak Crawley played some exquisite drives on his way to a scintillating half-century before falling to Axar Patel. Jonny Bairstow and Dom Sibley perished without troubling the scores while the visiting captain Joe Root departed for 17. By lunch, England were 81/4 as Ollie Pope was the first to go after the break, followed by vice-captain Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. At 98-8, England will have done well, getting to 150.
Below is Michael Vaughan’s tweet:
England doing a great job of making sure they bowl with the pink ball when the lights are on tonight … !!! #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 24, 2021