Former England captain Michael Vaughan has expressed his unhappiness over his countrymen in the ongoing fourth Test against India in Ahmedabad. After electing to bat first, England lost four wickets in a little over a session, including skipper Joe Root. Michael Vaughan believes that the pitch has not assisted bowlers as much as in the previous ones; however, the Englishmen have not cashed in.
Michael Vaughan has been constant in the current series in India, providing his inputs on India’s and England’s performances. He was also amongst those to take a dig on Ahmedabad’s pitch used for the pink-ball Test as it assisted spinners from day one. Nevertheless, Vaughan also admitted that the tourists lacked the skill to counter India’s top-class spinners on a track like these.
But with England still crumbling on what Michael Vaughan believes is a relatively placid deck and the ball coming on nicely to compile a big first-innings total, the 46-year old has slammed his countrymen. The former right-handed batsman underlined that the track has not assisted spinners, leaving England with an opportunity to make a huge first-innings score. However, according to Vaughan, his countrymen have put on a poor batting performance thus far.
Opener Dom Sibley perished to a straight delivery from the left-arm spinner Axar Patel, losing his stumps. On the other hand, Zak Crawley tried using his feet against the left-arm spinner; however, he miscued to spoon a catch to Mohammed Siraj at mid-off. As for Joe Root, he could not negate a regulation in-swinging delivery from Siraj, who set him up with a string of outswingers before the captain’s dismissal. After lunch, Siraj also claimed Jonny Bairstow’s scalp with an in-ducker to peg the visitors back after an impressive recovery with a 48-run partnership.
Below is Michael Vaughan’s tweet:
England’s batting so far worse than any of the last few Tests … This Pitch is a perfect surface to get a big first innings score … No spin … Ball coming onto the Bat … Very poor Batting so far … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 4, 2021