Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan slammed the Joe Root-led side for not focusing enough on Test cricket.

On Tuesday, Australia handed England a humiliating defeat by an innings and 14 runs as the hosts were relentless and aggressive with their bowling execution.

Debutant Scott Boland, who is the local player of Melbourne, scripted remarkable figures of six wickets for seven runs. England were bundled up for 68 inside the first session as Australia clinched the series 3-0 to retain the Ashes.

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Australia cricket team. Credits: Twitter

Joe Root was England’s top-scorer with 28 and despite him staying firm on the crease, the wickets kept tumbling from the other end. Mitchell Starc (3/29) played a great hand to Boland in routing England for another misery total.

England have not focused enough on the Test match team: Michael Vaughan

England have played the most number of Test matches (15) in the 2021 calendar year amongst all Test-playing nations. Om the other hand, Australia came in the Ashes after a gap of almost 11 months from red-ball cricket.

Vaughan said that England have shifted their main focus to white-ball cricket at the expense of Test matches.

For some time now, this Test match team has not been good enough. They’ve not focused enough on the Test match team, the focus has been more on white-ball cricket – and it delivered a World Cup (win in 2019),”Vaughan, who had led England to the Ashes win 2005, told Fox Cricket.

England, Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credits: Twitter

“But we’re not a good enough cricketing nation to take our eye off the ball in Test cricket and expect to arrive and play (in Australia),” he added.

Would be amazed if Australia don’t beat England in 2023 Ashes: Michael Vaughan

England have failed to win Ashes in the last three series and the next edition will be played in their own backyard, Vaughan feels Australia will beat them at home as well.

“I would say with the group that I’ve seen and the way they’re playing, I’d be amazed if (Australia) don’t beat England in English conditions in 2023.

“England are a long way short and it could take some even worse times – (Stuart) Broad and (Jimmy) Anderson are going to retire soon – before it gets better,” he added.

Australia will play against England in the fourth Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting on January 5.

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