Former England captain Michael Vaughan didn’t seem happy with the batting display of the host side in the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston. England’s batting line-up crumbled like a pack of cards and could score 122 runs in the third innings, giving New Zealand an easy target of 38 runs, which the Kiwis knocked off with eight wickets to spare.
It was New Zealand’s first Test series win on English soil in 22 years. After the loss, Vaughan lashed out at England’s fragile batting order, saying that England will have no chance of winning the Ashes in Australia if they are going to bat like this.
The former skipper believes that the test series against India will be the last chance for the English side to mend their ways and prepare a solid line-up. After the WTC final against New Zealand, India will face England in a five-match Test series, starting from August 4.
Vaughan believes everything went downhill for England after they lost the second Test match in the four-match away Test series against India earlier in the year. The veteran also advised the host to carry out a detailed analysis of what went wrong.
“They now have just five chances to sort the batting out before the Ashes. They can’t arrive in Australia with a batting line-up this fragile. They’d have no chance. This batting line-up is fragile and we have to now start looking at players and wondering if they are good enough because they keep getting out cheaply,” said Vaughan on the BBC Test Match Special.
“England have tinkered too much. Everything has gone downhill for England since they went up 1-0 in India. Don’t muck about with Test cricket. England isn’t a good enough team to muck about,” he added.