Root shell-shocked at Vaughan’s ‘unfair’ criticism
England skipper Joe Root was stunned by former captain Michael Vaughan’s assertion that his side had failed to respect Test cricket during their thumping 340-run defeat by South Africa at Trent Bridge.
“That’s very unfair,” he said. “I can’t believe he’s actually said that, to be honest. “We pride ourselves on winning series like this and unfortunately we’ve played poorly this week.”
England bowled out for 133 on the fourth and final day at Trent Bridge, chasing a mammoth target of 474 runs.
In all, the hosts batted for just 96.2 overs across the match, one ball fewer than South Africa’s first innings, as they slipped to their eighth defeat in 13 Tests.
“The England batting has been appalling,” Vaughan said on the BBC’s Test Match Special. “Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is. They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game.”
“They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game. They have this approach of attack, attack, attack. There is no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down,” added Vaughan, one of the leading Test batsmen of his era.
Vaughan was not alone in his criticism, with another former England captain in Nasser Hussain lamenting the “rubbish brand of cricket” this current team are playing right now.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com