Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has been continuously criticizing the Motera pitch for the way it played out in the third Test. The Test match finished inside the first two days but Vaughan is still continuing to fuel the controversy. With the fourth Test match starting from March 4 at the same venue, the pitch and the conditions are expected to be the same as well. While the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott have defended the surface, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, David Lloyd, and others have slammed it left, right and center.
Recently, taking to Twitter, Michael Vaughan yet again fuelled the pitch controversy ahead of the fourth Test. The former cricketer shared a photo of himself batting at a dirty ground in order to mock the Motera wicket. Former cricketers Darren Sammy and Monty Panesar have also reacted to Vaughan’s viral post on the Facebook-owned platform.
“Preparations going well for the 4th Test !! #OnOn #INDvENG,” Vaughan captioned his post on the photo and video sharing platform.
Michael Vaughan Fuels Pitch Controversy
Covering for the straight one !!! 😜 https://t.co/HqJkNHJGVv
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 2, 2021
Meanwhile seeing Vaughan’s continuous criticism on the pitch, the Indian pitch were quick enough to troll him back with hard replies. Vaughan has remained keen on taking sly digs and sharing distasteful remarks about the Indian pitches since the start of England’s tour of India. A lot has been said and written about the Motera pitch after England were thrashed by Team India in the third Test match.
On Tuesday, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane opened up about the criticism of the spin-friendly pitches in India. “When we tour abroad, the first day wicket is damp. When wicket becomes grassy and behaves up and down, then the pitch becomes dangerous but we haven’t complained about it or we have never spoken about it. On spinning tracks, it’s imperative to play the line,” Rahane said during a virtual press conference.
India needs to ensure that they do not lose the final Test to cement a place in the World Test Championship final after knocking England out of the race after their loss in the third Test.