Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said that the current England side and the team management are under the scanner. The side is trailing 2-0 in the Test series and is struggling in the MCG Test as well. They were bowled out for 185 after being sent into bat first.
Speaking to Fox Cricket, Michael Vaughan shed light on England’s struggles in the series so far. He said that the team’s struggles started against India and is continuing.
“They’re under pressure, the whole set-up is under pressure. He is a great guy; Joe Root is a fantastic human being, but he’s made mistakes over the last year. In the summer he made big mistakes in India, getting it wrong in Brisbane with his selection, again in Adelaide with his selection and his tactics.”
“Having a bit if a dip at his bowlers after the game was a message – I thought that message possibly could’ve come three years ago. They bowled quite short, in particular with the new ball.”
Further, Vaughan has slammed England’s selection policies for the Melbourne Test. They have dropped Stuart Broad in conditions where the ball has moved prodigiously.
“I look at someone like Stuart Broad; in Brisbane he wasn’t selected on that green top there, he’s not selected here. How England have not seen Stuart Broad, with all his experience, such a wonderful Test career, is not going to be bowling a ball on a green top in Brisbane and now not here in Melbourne, that’s staggering really.”
Can’t Fathom Why Stuart Broad Is Not Playing: Michael Vaughan
Vaughan also indicated at David Warner’s struggles against Broad in the past. Something which the England bowlers will miss in this Test.
“How Stuart Broad is not going to be bowling around the wicket to David Warner on a green top, I just can’t fathom that with the quality that he brings. So far the only thing they’ve done right on the trip is turn up on time.”
After the end of the first day’s play, Australia are 61/1 in response to England’s 185.