Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed current Test captain Joe Root to lead England to victory after their rather forgettable show in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia.
However, Root has faced a lot of criticism, including England great Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Atherton, where they both want Root to step down and suggested Ben Stokes as an alternative as well.
“If Joe (Root) can get a victory it will give him a clear insight into what this team needs to do to be successful,” Vaughan wrote in a column for The Telegraph.
“I hope he carries on. I can’t see anyone else doing the job in the circumstances they are in at the moment. It is best if he carries on and lays the foundation for the cricket England need to play across the world. But if he gets a win or two it must not paper over the cracks. Changes still need to happen,” he further added.
“Don’t want to hear any excuses” – Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan again added that lack of preparation due to COVID-19 should not be an excuse for England, and stated that the team had to bounce back as well.
“I don’t want to hear any excuses anymore. This has been building for a long time. It is not just because they are in a bio-bubble. This was happening well before COVID-19. Obviously they were on the decline as a test team but they did not see it or they did not want to admit it. They were stubborn and thought they knew best,” Michael Vaughan concluded.
The fourth Ashes Test will take place in Sydney on January 5 (Wednesday).