England like their previous tours has started their Ashes with heavy defeats. A lot of criticism has come towards their way for team selection, no balls, drop catches, openers not getting enough runs, and middle-order collapse. Speaking on the Brett Lee Podcast, Michael Vaughan said that he doesn’t believe England can win the Ashes but expect the side to compete.
“Your know, realistically I didn’t give England much chance of winning the Ashes over here. They haven’t got a team that is playing well-enough to arrive here in Australia. I think you need to play well in your own backyard. India were 2 -1 up in the series, lost to New Zealand, got hammered in India, most teams do that, but this England test match team for a while now has just been so inconsistent.”
After being bowled out for 36 in Adelaide last year, India pulled off a heroic win at Melbourne and Gabba and became the only side in the world to defeat Australia in Gabba in 33 years. Speaking of their victory Vaughan said, “I know India did it last year and it was an incredible comeback from being batted at the pink ball test in Adelaide. But this England side don’t seem to have enough players that have played well enough for a period to come here and consistently put Australia under pressure but I didn’t expect them to win, I expect them to compete. And they just haven’t competed
“We have been blown away in Day 1 in Brisbane. Pretty much out of the game on Day 1 at the Adelaide” Mark Wood said yesterday that they had a stern message from the likes of SilverWood and that captain and vice-captain both had a discussion with the team regarding ‘not good -enough’ performance from the side. England suffered selection blunders when they went without a spinner in Adelaide and were forced to bowl their fast bowler Ollie Robinson some off-spin overs as the wicket was turning and also to hurried through the overs to prevent slow over-rate which costed England 8 points in the first Ashes test.
The third test match will start from 26th of December and England are likely to bring a couple of changes in their squad. Australia will have Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood back into the squad.