England team, after being bowled out for 147 runs in the 1st innings are at the receiving ends of criticism. While Nasser Hussain believed that he would have played either Broad or Anderson in the 1st test, now Michael Vaughan has written in the Telegraph that the England batting did not surprised him.
English team over the years have played brilliantly in their home conditions, but their away tours have not yield fruitful result.
Vaughan in his own words, “When there’s no movement or spin the batting line-up is dangerous. But whenever there’s movement or bounce or spin this England team haven’t batted well at all”
England, earlier this year toured Sri Lanka and won comfortably but the side failed terribly in India when the home team produced turning wickets that were exploited by quality spin bowlers like R.Ashwin and Axar Patel
Baffled at the team selection, Vaughan says that he was surprised with the bowling combination that England went with. England had announced earlier that Anderson will not be playing, however, the exclusion of Stuart Broad was a surprise for everyone.
“What did surprise me is that England went into the first Ashes Test match with a bowling attack that have never played together before.”
The exclusion of both Broad and Anderson seems even more blunder when the reports came out that the duo was seen practicing all out in the nets on Day 2nd of the test match.
The England team likely rested their premier bowlers for the 2nd day night Pink ball test match. The Pink ball is known to offer more swing as the shine stays longer and there is extra lacquer, as once told by Paras Anand, the Marketing Director of sports goods manufacturer SG.
Michael Vaughan believes that England’s bowling combination is surprising as the bowlers in this test match hava never bowled together.
“A batting order is at its best when players trust each other and have great partnerships. This England team don’t have that with the bat in hand. It’s the same with bowling. You need combinations and camaraderie as a team and unit – knowing who bowls well together and when. And how can they have that when they’ve never bowled together? I can’t understand that.”
England has given a lifeline to Warner with Ben Stokes’s foot over the line when Warner edged a ball to the keeper. The decision came from the third umpire. And the southpaw is now showing ominous signs to the England team.