In the 4th Test match, India swept England out for 210 runs in a 368-run attempt to win by 157 runs. On putting on a good show and dominating the game with the hosts, the Indian bowlers stole the spotlight. Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that England’s loss to India has exposed all of the hosts’ weaknesses. Here is why Michael Vaughan Slams England’s Fielding.
Michael Vaughan Slams England’s Fielding
The 4th Test match 5th day was dramatic, with both sides providing equal chances of winning. Furthermore, England had an early advantage since their openers gave the side a promising start. Unfortunately, England’s batsmen were unable to keep the team’s live, as India took a 2-1 lead in the ongoing Test series. According to Vaughan, the hosts lacking a speed bowler of Jasprit Bumrah’s caliber. He went on to say that England’s poor fielding impacted their problems.
“With England’s attack lacking a pace bowler like Jasprit Bumrah or a mystery spinner, they cannot afford poor matches in the field, dropping Virat Kohli on 23 with the score 65 for three,” Vaughan added.
England were beaten by battle-hardened opponents who know how to win the key moments: Michael Vaughan
The 4th Test match, according to the former cricketer, showed the team’s weaknesses in all 3 aspects. “The deficiencies of England’s Test team were laid bare this week in batting, bowling, and fielding. They were beaten by battle-hardened opponents who know how to win the key moments, whereas once again it was clear that England need conditions to give them a helping hand. It started with their catching on day one, continued through their batting in the first innings before their bowling was exposed on a flat wicket over the weekend,” Vaughan said.
The hosts failed to get early wickets in India’s 2nd innings. England appeared to be suffering without the swing and seam, according to Vaughan. He claimed that the team’s performance is heavily influenced by the weather and that when the conditions are not favorable, England is at a disadvantage.
“In the second innings with the ball, England’s attack was found out because there was no swing or seam. England lacks pace and variation to make things happen in flat conditions. This England Test team is dependent on the pitch helping them. When that happens they look like taking 20 wickets as they did at Headingley, otherwise, they struggle,” Vaughan added.