Former England captain Michael Vaughan reckons England have confused India and will struggle to cope with the intensity and pressure. He thinks the hosts need a very good team to come back in the series that they currently do not have at their disposal.
The second Test at Lord’s took the wildest turns on day 5 when an unpredictable lower order resistance from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami flattened England. The English could not recover from that and succumbed to a loss of 151 runs while chasing 272 in the fourth innings.
Joe Root’s men had to bat only 60 overs, but they were opposed to a fired-up Indian pass attack. Several verbal bursts were hurled around, returning even the coolest client, Bumrah. In an interview with the BBC, Vaughan mentions the same.
“England forced them. They fired them. It will take a very good English team to get back from here, and I do not think they will do that. It’s going to be a long three Test matches from here,Said Vaughan.
‘They have the tactics completely wrong’ – Michael Vaughan
On day 3, Bumrah delivered some cinematic music James Anderson which was not well received. In search of ‘retaliation’, the English pacemakers – especially Mark Wood – dished out a huge barrage of fire to the Indian tail buyers, which completely stunned Vaughan.
“They were everywhere. I have no idea what they were thinking. The key when you are under pressure is to keep things simple. You bowl for tail buyers, bowl to hit the top of the stump, do not bowl short and wide,he added.
Vaughan chastised the experienced duo of Root and James Anderson for the tactics used as they are the highest in the team.
“Jasprit Bumrah had more fielders on the border than Rishabh Pant. How can this happen if you have players like Joe Root and James Anderson who have played more than 100 Test matches? They misunderstood the tactic,Vaughan concludes.
Luckily for England, they still have a big breakthrough until the next game to get their opinion. If they do not recover, the Men in Blue will likely run away with the series.