I worry England may become a team that does all the great work only to not win much: Michael Vaughan | – Times of India



Former England captain Michael Vaughan has expresse concern over England’s potential to become a squad that struggles to secure victories despite their brilliant efforts.
Vaughan emphasized the importance of finding a harmonious balance in the batting unit between embracing aggressive play and adhering to traditional cricket tactics to thrive in the challenging conditions of India.
England’s recent adoption of the ‘Bazball’ strategy has yielded positive results, yet it has also led to setbacks, notably the Ashes last year, due to the team’s unrestrained approach.
“England have become a difficult team to criticise too much because they are so good to watch. Every game they play has us all absolutely gripped, and they have improved massively under Ben Stokes,” Vaughan wrote in his coulmn for ‘The Telegraph’.
“However, I do worry that they might become a team who do all this great work only to not actually win very much. They didn’t win the Ashes when they should have done and now they have let India back into a series when they still have a load of big names, including Virat Kohli, to come back.”
In the five-match series in India, England secured a 1-0 lead. However, in the second Test, Ben Stokes and his team allowed the hosts to level the series as, apart from Zak Crawley, none of their batters managed to play significant knocks.
“England will not win the series if they bat the way they did in Visakhapatnam. I actually think the batsmen need to take a leaf out of the bowlers’ book. With ball in hand, they have been quite traditional at times, aggressive at others, and they have gone up and down the gears in terms of how attacking their fields have been.”
England clinched a thrilling 28-run victory in the series opener, propelled by the remarkable second-innings performance of vice-captain Ollie Pope, who scored an impressive 196 runs, and left-arm spinner Tom Hartley’s exceptional seven-wicket haul in the second innings.
“The young spinners have been fantastic but, for me, James Anderson’s brilliant performance shows that they have to get another seamer, probably Ollie Robinson, in the side with him.
“The batsmen, meanwhile, look like they only have one way to play. They are in fifth gear from ball one. I don’t mind some of them playing like that because they are better for it.
“But Joe Root should forget it. He has 10,000 Test runs playing like Joe Root. He doesn’t need to be a ‘Bazballer’. It is time for someone in the management to put an arm around Joe and say “please just be yourself”. I think it’s as simple as the fact that he is too wrapped up in ‘Bazball’, the whole ethos of excitement and entertainment.”
Root, considered one of England’s premier batters in the format, boasts an impressive tally of over 10,000 runs (11,468) to his credit.
Nevertheless, the former captain has encountered difficulties in scoring runs in the current series, particularly when adopting a more aggressive stance.
In England’s 106-run defeat to India in the second Test, Root managed scores of just 5 and 16. Jasprit Bumrah claimed his wicket for the eighth time in his career, while Ravichandran Ashwin halted his brisk innings in the second innings.
“This is particularly important against spin. Along with Graham Gooch, Root is the best player of spin England has ever produced.
“To see him bat the way he did in the second innings, that’s not Root, and it’s not the way England are going to win in India, just gifting wickets away. I knew something was up when I saw him get off the mark in both innings with reverse sweeps. He doesn’t play like that.
“He gets himself in, then takes risks. Let the firecrackers play like that. Joe has to be the rock, the calming influence while the mad men tee off around him.” Vaughan added.
(With PTI inputs)



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