IND vs ENG: Michael Vaughan questions guests’ selection of players for series

Head coach Chris Silverwood had defended England’s rotation strategy after the loss in the Second Test in Chennai, yet former captain Michael Vaughan has slammed the group’s determination for the ongoing series against India. Jos Buttler played the main Test and afterward he was back home while all-rounder Moeen Ali did likewise in the wake of playing the second game.

Earlier Johnny Bairstrow was rested for the first two Tests while premier pacer James Anderson missed the second game even after England successfully won the first Test. This is all a part of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rotation policy. Yet, Vaughan feels England shouldn’t have followed the idea of turning players against the ‘best team in the world’. His comments came during the progressing pink-ball Test as England crumbled before the Indian Spinners.

Vaughan tweeted, “England have treated selection for this series like premier league teams treat the early stages of the FA cup rounds … #INDvENG Against the best team in the world !!!!!!!”

Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel had a field day as India bundled out England for a paltry 112 in the first innings on the first day of the pink-ball Test at Narendra Modi Stadium.

Axar, playing in his second Test, scalped six wickets while Ashwin got back with three wickets as the guests were bowled out in 48.4 overs. This was Axar’s second five-wicket pull in succession as he had scalped five in the second innings of the second Test too.

 

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