Michael Vaughan unimpressed with England’s performance in the 4th Test

Michael Vaughan

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is not impressed with England’s batting performance in the fourth Test vs India. England won the toss and opted to bat on a wicket that looked pretty flat. There was no drastic turn and the ball was coming on to the bat nicely. Despite the batting friendy nature of the pitch, England were bowled out for 205 with Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin being the main destroyer with 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Mohammed Siraj accounted for 2 wickets while Washinton Sunder got the big wicket of Ben Stokes.

Reacting to England’s poor performance, Vaughan tweeted that the performance from the England batsmen is worse than the previous two Tests. 

“England’s batting so far worse than any of the last few Tests … This Pitch is a perfect surface to get a big first innings score … No spin … Ball coming onto the Bat … Very poor Batting so far,” he wrote in his tweet.

Vaughan was not happy with the pitches in the second and third test. He even went to an extent and termed the Ahmedabad pitch as awful. Vaughan expected a better performance from the England batsmen on a better pitch, but they were outfoxed by the Indian bowlers with some outstanding bowling. The wicket was not turning but it seemed that England had the ghosts of Ahmedabad in their minds.

They played some awful shots, got some good deliveries and some unlucky dismissals got their innings into jeopardy. Axar Patel accounted for the openers before Mohammed Siraj caught Joe Root on the crease, trapping him leg before. Siraj then bowled a massive inswinger to Bairstow, who was adjudged LBW. Both Root and Bairstow were guilty of playing the wrong line and left a huge gap between the bat and pad. Stokes, Pope, Lawrence got starts but failed to play longer innings. 

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