Last Update on: July 10th, 2022 at 03:24 pm
Former England captain Michael Vaughan is concerned about the hosts’ problems following yet another sweeping series loss against India. England were bowled out for 121 in the second Twenty20 International on Saturday, resulting in a 49-run defeat.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian pacer, appeared to have the measure of England’s openers, dismissing Jason Roy and skipper Jos Buttler for the second time in as many games. Vaughan argues that the hosts’ inability to contend in the series thus far is primarily down to the poor form of their top order.
They Are Running Out Of Time: Michael Vaughan
After the game, Vaughan spoke to Cricbuzz about the batting concerns that England needs to address with only seven more T20Is until the T20 World Cup. He stated:
“You can’t rely on the engine room when you get no starts. England, if you see, lost that semifinal in the T20 World Cup against New Zealand. They haven’t been doing well in this format for a while.
“Dawid Malan at No. 3 is still an issue for me as he is just batting and playing instead of being the aggressor. I don’t think they’re quite getting the combinations right. They’re running out of time. It’s the batting that just hasn’t clicked for quite some time.”
Vaughan was also critical of England’s decision to bowl first, “Poor decision from Jos Buttler to bowl first. The pitch got slower and slower and batting became harder and harder as the game went on. India realized that and used a lot of slower balls and variations.”
On Sunday, the hosts will try to prevent a series sweep. More significantly, they must consider the big picture, as Michael Vaughan believes they must perfect their combination before the T20 World Cup.