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“Get Nasty With Each Other” – Michael Vaughan’s Request To England Ahead Of Must-Win MCG Test

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has asked the England players to play with some fight and intent at MCG after losing the first two Tests. England are 2-0 down in the series and Vaughan wants to see a bit of mongrel in the side. The third Test starts from December 26 and is famously known as the Boxing-Day Test. 

England’s batting did not rise up to the potential in the first two Tests. England’s opening pair of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed has been the most worrying aspect for the visitors. Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan speaking to Fox Cricket’s Follow-on Podcast has asked his players to take the game to the Australians. 

I actually want to see a bit of mongrel in the England side: Michael Vaughan

“That’s the one thing I’d say about this England management team. They are a good set of people. They are at that stage now where they have to change something. It might be that they all get nasty, get nasty with each other. They all fall out. Who cares, but then come out and show a bit of spirit. I’m not sure England have got the feather ruffler. I actually want to see a bit of mongrel in the England side” he said.

Never Dared To Go And Speak To Glen McGrath: Michael Vaughan

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Vaughan remembered how he feared speaking to Glen McGrath during his playing days. He said that the modern players are too friendly which makes the game lose its competitive spirit. 

“It’s too nice. I see on the morning of the game they are all talking to Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. Never had a conversation with Steve Waugh back in the day. I wouldn’t have dared go and speak to Glenn McGrath on the morning of the game or Shane Warne. You just didn’t. It’s all a bit friendly. I’d get nasty with them. Chirp, do whatever, just get into the scrap.”

England are yet to announce their squad for the third Test. Having lost the first two Tests, some big changes are expected from the management.


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