Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has picked the better skipper between Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. Root is the red-call captain of the team, while Morgan is the white-ball captain. The left-handed batsman has been the captain of the team since 2015 and has led the team in two World Cups. England’s World Cup win Morgan’s leadership two years ago remains one of the testaments of his captaincy. Meanwhile, England’s series loss against India in the recent Test series remains one of Root’s lowest points as the longer-format captain.
In a column for Telegraph, Michael Vaughan wrote England fielded a weakened team in the four Tests against India with the likes of Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali returning home in the middle of the series only to be back for the limited-overs leg of the tour.
England leadership Power Lies With Eoin Morgan-Michael Vaughan
“It is very clear where the leadership power lies in English cricket – it is with Eoin Morgan and not Joe Root. I am pretty sure that Morgan went to the selectors and Ashley Giles and said he wanted his best team at all times this year in Twenty20, so he could build for the World Cup in India in October. He has his wish” Vaughan wrote.
Vaughan has further criticised England’s rotation policy for a high-profile series like India. India won the series 3-1 to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
“I understand rotation. Nobody argues against the fact players need breaks from Covid bubbles but the frustration for me as a lover of the game’s longest format is why has our Test team been weakened this winter, yet the Twenty20 side is at full strength? Vaughan questioned.
Michael Vaughan feels England were competitive during the India tour of 2016 rather than this time though they won the first Test. England were blanked 0-4 back then.
“This time they failed to adapt when conditions changed. It has brought us all back down to earth. I was riding on a crest of a wave with this team a few weeks ago. I thought they were on the verge of achieving something special. “Then the Indian juggernaut arrived in the second Test and England could not stop it. They had two opportunities by batting first in the third and fourth Tests to turn the tide but they were not good enough,” he concluded saying.