Michael Vaughan – former England’s cricket team captain –
had no less than praises for Virat Kohli following his recent career-best Test score and the game that saw the star break many records in the process.
He also spoke on the approach of the England’s team and the atmosphere around them as well.
Michael Vaughan has come up with an interesting idea of making the longest form of the game a little more favoured and also, a little more worthwhile to watch.
According to Vaughan, to have weak sides, who are on the 6th or the 7th position in the test match rakings, playing against the top sides doesn’t make too much of sense because there is nothing to look forward to in those cases. The outcome can be easily predicted even before a single ball is bowled.
England is one team whose players don’t feature frequently in the Indian Premier League.
The first choice players of almost every other international team have got the Indian Premier League contracts and they spend eight to ten weeks in India every year.
You see the England team; on the other hand, except Eoin Morgan and now you can add Jos Buttler to that too who has been bought by Mumbai Indian recently, nobody else has got the contract in the biggest Twenty 20 League in the world.
England might have won the Ashes, but, Michael Vaughan is not totally convinced with the mentality which they batted with in the series.
Vaughan’s advice to the young English batsmen is that when they step onto the pitch, they should keep in mind that they have to avoid playing those sorts of shots in which the risk of getting out is quite high. Once they get set, then, it’s a different ballgame. They can go for their flamboyant shots. But, at the start, a little bit of caution is essential.
Michael Vaughan played a brisk innings opening the batting with Matthew Hayden for the Warne’s Warriors in the second match of the Cricket All Stars series presently taking place in America.
By virtue of the good start given by him, his team managed to put a huge score on the board which eventually turned out to be too much for the opposition to chase.
Michael Vaughan reckons Adil Rashid should be included in the playing XI by the England team management for the first test versus Australia starting from tomorrow.
It’s believed England might opt to go with Moeen Ali and not Rashid as the former has got some experience at the test level.
But, according to Vaughan, the confidence that Rashid has shown in the recent times, it little matters that he is an uncapped player. The ball is coming out wonderfully off his hands and once the pitch gets slightly on the weary side, he can become a vital player for England.
Michael Vaughan reckons the England team management should not persist with Jonathan Trott at the top of the order.
Interestingly, Vaughan had voiced his opinion in favour of Trott being given the opportunity at the opening slot, but, now he feels that the Warwickshire batsman is not tailor made for the job.
Trott has opened in the test series versus West Indies so far without having much success.
England is playing with four front line right arm fast bowlers in the World Cup 2015 that is going on Down Under presently.
This is not a bad move given those four are England’s best bowlers, but, each one of them are swing bowlers and they bowl with more or less the same speed. So, it’s a bit of a one dimensional bowling combination.
If a batsman gets on a move, you need something different to upset him, but, the Three Lions are missing that.
Michael Vaughan does not believe that Alastair Cook’s presence in the One Day team was the only reason England had not been able to perform well in that format of the game.
According to Vaughan, there are other areas too which need to be given a look.
Vaughan has however praised this change in leadership move by the selection committee of England even if it came a bit too late for his liking.
The Yorkshire man actually had been calling for Cook to be dropped for a long time.
Michael Vaughan has said that the recent tragic incident in the Australian domestic circuit would now prompt the cricketers to start respecting the opposition a bit more.
According to Vaughan, the modern cricketers use very rough language at times while playing. Some of them even go on to literally threaten the opposition.
But, now, that this unfortunate thing has happened on the cricket field, the scenario might change a little bit. The bowlers or the fielders might not be too keen to sledge the batsman in future.