The South African team lost to England in recently concluded T20I series. The hosts were completely outplayed by the visitors as they suffered a humiliating loss of 3-0 in 3 match series. Dawid Malan who is the number 1 batsman of T20’s in the world played a fabulous innings on 99 in the final T20I. Dawid Malan was declared Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series.
Although while England was on the field in the first innings of the final T20I, a strange sign was seen in the dressing room of the English side. The England team’s analyst Nathan Leamon was putting out sign boards such as ‘4E’ and ‘2C’. This was done to give out the message to the England skipper to go with particular bowler-batsman combination.
Former English captain Michael Vaughan immediately came out and criticized the move by the captain and the analyst. He said that if the skipper and the wicket keeper Jos Butler cannot take decision based on their natural instincts, it is a worrying sign. He added that if he was the England captain and this was proposed to him as atactic by the analyst, he would have immediately asked the management to remove him. Vaughan added that he is all in for innovative techniques to be used in the game, but using instructions coming directly from the dressing while they are on the field is a clear sign of lack of belief in the captain’s instinct.
The ECB in their official statement said that they consulted with the ICC before using this move which won’t raise any suspicion of match fixing. They said that they did the move within ICC’s law and didn’t cheat in any way.