Former England captain Michael Vaughan reckoned that India was too complacent with their batting on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test, which ended up costing them massively against England.
On a surface that didn’t have demons apart from the occasional uneven bounce, India threw away wickets cheaply with none of the batters willing to stay and fight.
Eventually, they folded up for 245 in the third innings, setting a target of 378 for the hosts. In response, England cruised to 259/3 with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow into their respective 70s.
“I have to say that India were complacent today with the bat. Handing England a target of 378, was really poor. Brilliant from England with their mentality. I just wonder if India thought, you know, 350 plus was enough.”
“They did not realize that the England side has got a different mindset, a different game plan. India, with the bat in hand, and the ball, and tactically, were very poor,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“This England side surprised me for all the right reasons” – Michael Vaughan
Since Brendon McCullum took over, the English side bears a new look with senior pros leading the way. They crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the recent Test series and even more importantly, fought back hard despite being in a tough position against India.
“I’ve been used to England, in the last two or three years, surprising me for all the wrong reasons. Collapsing from nowhere, losing games from nowhere, this England side surprised me for all the right reasons. They come back into games that they really should not,” he added.
After dominating the first three days of the game, India threw away the advantage on Day 4 and it is England who calls the shots now.