"They haven't won any of their last 3 series because..." - Michael Vaughan's huge take on England ahead of 5th Test

Updated - 03 Mar 2024, 09:31 PM

Michael Vaughan, Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum
Michael Vaughan, Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum [PC: X/Twitter]

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan shared a huge take on Ben Stokes-led side ahead of the 5th Test against India in Dharamsala. He said that the upcoming week will be huge for visitors and also revealed why they have been struggling to win the series. 

England have suffered a disappointing series loss against India in the ongoing Test series. This has been their first series loss under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum as they lost three games on trot after winning the first match. 

England won the first game of the series in Hyderabad and then after that, they struggled to get going as they lost the remaining three games. The Ben Stokes-led side came close to winning the two games but they failed to cash in on the opportunities. 

England are 3-1 down in the series but with one match to go, they would be hoping to win the last game and gain some important World Test Championship points. The game will be played from 7th March in Dharamsala and they would be eager to make the series 3-2. 

Michael Vaughan believes that England have a wonderful batting dynamic but their batting has let them down in the last three series. He feels that batting isn’t getting criticized for the loss and instead people are looking at some other things. Writing in his column for the Telegraph, Michael Vaughan explained: 

“It’s a huge week for several of England’s batsmen. When we think of this England team, we think of their wonderfully dynamic batting. But when you look at why they haven’t won any of their last three series, it’s down to the batting. 

“There never seems to be much scrutiny or noise around England’s batsmen. Even last week I chuckled. They lost in Ranchi in large part because they didn’t bat well enough, but there was lots of finger-pointing at Ollie Robinson, a bowler who scored an important half-century!”

The whole batting lineup has known week in, week out on this tour – Michael Vaughan 

Michael Vaughan further added that England’s batting lineup has been weak on this tour. But he understands the fact that it will be changed because Harry Brook will be back and will be providing cushion to Joe Root. 

Michael Vaughan further noted that England needs to make a change in the batting lineup. While stressing on the same fact, Michael Vaughan explained: 

“The whole batting lineup has known week in, week out on this tour that it will be playing the next game. That is about to change because after this tour Harry Brook will be back. He has to bat at No. 5 because he should be the bedrock of their batting with Joe Root. 

“Does that mean England’s statement moment is coming? Consistency of selection is such a fine balance in team sports. Making people comfortable is right, and England have generally batted well over the last two years. There comes a point, though, where when it’s your batting that is costing you the biggest series you can’t keep sending the same guys out there every week.” 

It remains to be seen if England will make a comeback in the last game or not.

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