Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has lashed out at the English batsmen, stating that they have no chance of winning the Ashes later in the year if they carry on with their fragile batting display.
England were taken by New Zealand on Day 3 of the ongoing Edgbaston Test. The hosts are languishing at 122-9 in the second innings, with their lead at just 37. The Kiwis have a great chance to win their first Test series in England in 22 years despite resting several players.
“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,” Vaughan said on the BBC Test Match Special.
“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. They’d have no chance,” the 46-year-old added
England too have rested several key players for the ongoing series while some are out injured. However, Vaughan suggested that they aren’t good enough yet to tinker with their team much.
“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 aren’t a good enough team to muck about,” he stated.
Sir Alastair Cook, who is England’s all-time leading run-scorer in Tests, echoed similar sentiments to Michael Vaughan. He said that a batting collapse never seems too far away when the English batsmen are out in the middle.
“You always watch England thinking that if they lose one wicket then they could easily lose two, three or four. When the pressure comes on, whether it’s inexperience or the players just aren’t good enough, they can’t withstand the opposition’s bowling,” Cook told TMS.