England playing Eleven not Perfect

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.

They are not even playing with a specialist spinner. They have one in their ranks, that is, James Tredwell, but, he has mostly been carrying the drinks on the tour so far.

The part timer Moeen Ali has been exposed a little bit on the true Australian pitches. He has played in the hands of the batsmen by trying to bowl flat.

England will have to reassess their bowling combination very quickly. They would probably now be regretting not picking Harry Gurney, the left arm seam bowler. He could have brought some versatility in English bowling.

Gurney is a limited over specialist and knows how to bowl at death. He was actually very close to being selected, but, one bad series against Sri Lanka last year saw him losing his place in the squad.

England probably needs to get Chris Jordan in on Steven Finn’s place in the playing XI. Jordan is also a right arm quickie, but, he is a bit pacier and he hits the pitch.

Some people might say that it would a bit harsh on Finn to be dropped as he has a couple of fifers off late, but, the numbers don’t always tell the true story in Cricket.

He definitely has those wickets to his name, Finn, but, by no means has he bowled as well as he should have.

Michael Vaughan backs Cook

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.

Now that finally it has happened, Vaughan is happy and his advice to Cook is to have some time off and then, get back to his preparation for the West Indies tour as well as the Ashes which is going to be huge.

Meanwhile, in One Day Cricket, Vaughan is backing the new captain Morgan to make the team play in his own personality.

Morgan himself is a very aggressive batsman and Vaughan is hoping that he asks his teammates to play the same brand of Cricket.

In one of his articles recently, Vaughan wrote, “I think Morgan has got it in him to be able to lead a side. Under him, we would definitely see England playing slightly more positively, but, we should not have very high hopes because this team still has got a lot of areas to worry about.”

“Our problems are not only at the top of the order. We falter in the middle part of the innings too. We get stuck when the field is spread. We are not the experts when it comes to rotation of strike.”

“Bowling in the slog is another issue. We don’t bowl quite as many yorkers as needed at the end.”

Michael Vaughan still in favor of Bouncers

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.

However, Vaughan is completely against the suggestion that nasty short pitched stuff should be prohibited in cricket.
Vaughan reckons that without the bumpers, the competitiveness in the longest form of the game will decrease significantly and that would not be good at all.

The bumpers should continue to be bowled.
In his previous newspaper article, Vaughan wrote, “Test cricket needs bumpers. By banning them, you would absolutely destroy that form of the game. The standard of cricket would decline.”

“The bumpers test the technique of the batsman, if he is getting back and across or not, if he is getting the head in the right position or not and many more things. So, they must remain in the game.”
“However, this incident would surely reduce the amount of sledging that’s done these days. The players in the modern era are very aggressive, which is a good thing, but, they, sometimes, cross the line and say things which they shouldn’t say on the field. They even threaten, but, now, it might be different going forward. After this tragic incident, I don’t think too many players would try to verbally distract the opposition.”

In the last Ashes series, a lot of sledging was done by the Australian side which Vaughan and some of the other former England players did not like at all.

Vaughan Surprised At Cook Retaining Captaincy

Michael Vaughan is also quite surprised at the fact that Alastair Cook has been retained as England ODI captain even after the series loss against Sri Lanka at home at the start of the summer.
England had lost to Sri Lanka by 2-3, but, more than the result, the thing that most people were not happy with was the way England had gone about things in that series. There was absolutely no hurry at the top of the order. In almost every match, the likes of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell took ample time to build the innings up front and then, left the lower order with a mountain to climb.
The lower order players, to their credit, did well. For Example- Jos Buttler’s century at Lord’s was extraordinary, but, he couldn’t win the game there for England even after playing so well because the he had to accelerate a bit too much at the end.
According to Vaughan, the balls that are used in ODI cricket are a lot different from the ones that are used in test cricket. They are much easier to handle and thus, not too much of cautiousness is needed in the top order. The England team management has to understand that.
In the words of Vaughan, “You look at the composition of the squads of the other sides. Have they got conservative players at 1, 2 and 3? No they haven’t. Most of them have got the power packed players opening the batting and that’s something that we also need to do.”
“The game has changed. It’s more about power hitting now with the batting power plays and only 4-outfielders rule.”
Till the last ODI series that the Poms played, they had Cook and Bell opening the batting for them, but, there’s expected to be a change against India as Alex Hales is being tipped to replace Bell in the top order.

Vaughan Not Happy With Decision

Michael Vaughan is not too happy with the decision of the English selectors to call Simon Kerrigan back into the test team for the second test match against India which is going to be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.

As per Vaughan, Kerrigan has not developed enough to be given a run in international cricket especially after what he went through in his first test match against Australia in the home Ashes a few months back.

In the match that Vaughan is talking about, Kerrigan was smashed for plenty. Shane Watson had dismantled him completely by playing shots in all corners off his bowling.

It’s not about the number of runs that Kerrigan conceded there, it’s about the way he conceded them. It seemed he had no clue what he was doing. He was bowling it flat and short which was helping Watson even more in hitting boundaries.

Kerrigan was immediately dropped after that match and he deserved to be dropped actually. But, because of the lack of a good test match spinner in the country, the English selectors have no option, but, to give him another go and that’s why, they have included him in the squad for Lord’s.

Speaking in a cricket programme about Kerrigan’s inclusion in the England squad, Vaughan said, “I don’t know the reason behind that selection to be honest. Simon has not done wonders in domestic cricket of late and neither do the Indian batsmen have any obvious weakness against spin.

They, in fact, play spin with extreme comfort and if they decide to go after Simon, it might do some irreparable damage to the young bloke’s confidence.”

In the 3 test matches that England has played at home this summer, they have not gone with a specialist spinner in either of them.

Prior Included In England Side

Matt Prior has been included in the England side for the first match of the test series against Sri Lanka.

There was a tough competition between Prior and the young sensation Jos Buttler for that keeper’s slot. Buttler had performed wonderfully in the One Day International series against Sri Lanka and there were a number of people who believed that he should get the opportunity in 5-day cricket as well, but, the selectors didn’t get convinced that the 23 years old Somerset man was ready for the longest format. They decided to go with the experience of Prior who has also been in pretty good form for his county Sussex this season.

Prior has had a very tough time in international cricket in the last one year or so. He had gone on the tour of Australia towards the end of 2013 as the vice captain of the English side, but, he got dropped in the middle of the test series because of his poor form. Jonny Bairstow played on his place in the last two tests, but, couldn’t do much.

If Prior has to make sure that he remains part of the England squad for the Ashes series next year, he will have to prove his worth in the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka and India. If he doesn’t do that, the selectors might be forced to give Buttler a go.

Prior has got the experience of 75 test matches. He has been a regular part of the England test team since making his debut in the whites in 2007. He has had 7 scores over hundred in his test career so far. He has played 68 One Day Internationals as well in which he has scored just three fifties with the top score of 87.

Vaughan Believes Moores Second Tenure Will Work

Peter Moores didn’t have a good time during his first tenure as England coach. He had had clashes with Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen and eventually, he had ended up being axed from his position by ECB.

But, the 51 years old is back again. He has been given one more chance and everyone is pretty excited to see how his tuning with the current England skipper Alastair Cook turns out to be.

Vaughan reckons that Moores’ second tenure is going to be pretty successful as he and Cook are different sorts of people and thus, would complement each other perfectly well.

According to Vaughan who is considered as one of the most successful England captains, the reason behind the dispute between him and Moores was the willingness of both to control the team. But, that’s not going to happen in the current scenario as Cook is someone who is pretty happy to take the back seat.

Speaking in one of his interviews, Vaughan said, “If you want to form a successful group, you need to get in the personalities who can gel with each other pretty well. If you get in two similar sorts of personalities; the clashes are bound to happen”

“I reckon Peter and Alastair would be able to form a good combination because they would complement each other. There are certain things which Peter would control and Alastair would take care of other issues. So, I believe the tuning between them would be fine.”

Moores was initially not in the race to take over as England coach after the sacking of Andy Flower a couple of months ago. It was Ashley Giles whose name was coming forward, but, surprisingly, ECB decided to give Moores a go again.

VAUGHAN BACKS KIRSTEN

Michael Vaughan thinks that Garry Kirsten might be an ideal choice to replace Andy Flower as England test coach.

Flower left his post last week. So, the England Cricket Board is looking for his replacement and they have shortlisted some guys one of whom is believed to be Kirsten.

Kirsten is widely respected as an international coach. He has coached a couple of top teams i.e. India and South Africa so far and has been immensely successful with both those sides.

The one quality of Kirsten which everyone lauds a lot is that he remains very calm and composed. Also, he never tries to put too much pressure on the players. He just lets them enjoy the game and by doing that, he manages to get the best out of them.

Barring Kirsten, Australia’s former all rounder Tom Moody and England One Day International coach Ashley Giles are also in the race to take over as the Three Lions test coach, but, these two guys haven’t had as much success as Kirsten has had at the international level. So, the South African might leave them behind.

When Vaughan was asked who would be his pick as the next England test coach, he said, “I would say Garry Kirsten. For me, he is one of the greatest modern day coaches and having him in the set up would benefit England immensely.”
When asked about Andy Flower resigning, the former England captain said, “I think he made the right call. He had been around since almost 6 years and that’s enough for a coach. The time had come for him to leave.”

Under Andy Flower, England won a total of 3 Ashes series and all of them on the trot which was quite remarkable.

ENGLAND WILL SUFFER

Michael Vaughan thinks if the England test side doesn’t make significant improvements, they will suffer a whitewash in the ongoing Ashes series.

The Poms have already suffered two consecutive defeats in the series and now, they will make their way to Perth where their record hasn’t been that great. They have always struggled at that venue.

The last time that England had played a test match at Perth against Australia 3 years back, they had been defeated quite comprehensively and the man who was responsible for that was none other than Mitchell Johnson who is doing quite a bit of damage in the ongoing series too.

Speaking in a television show, Vaughan said, “It’s going like that 2006-07 Ashes series. Marcus Trescothick who was a key member of the England side at that time had returned home before the start of the first test match. This time around, Jonathan Trott has done so and he was equally important for this side.”

“It’s just not the defeats; it’s the way this English side is playing. They are looking completely rattled and that’s the real concern. You just can’t bat like this.”
“England’s performance had actually started to deteriorate towards the end of the last Ashes. They hadn’t been able to play great cricket in the last 3 test matches back home and those were worrying signs. If you are playing on your home soil and you are leading by 2-0, you should just go for the kill, but, they didn’t do that. They played with negative mindset.”

“If England has to come back from this stage, they will have to make big improvements. They are up against an Australian side which is really hungry for success.”
England has won the last three Ashes series in a row.

TOUGH MATCH

Michael Vaughan thinks that it’s not going to be one-way traffic for England in the upcoming Ashes as they will have to face a more settled Australian team this time around.

When Australia had toured England for the Ashes a couple of months back, they were looking completely unsettled. Except two or three players, nobody was a certainty in the XI.

In the first couple of matches of the series, the Kangaroos struggled a lot. But, as the series went on, they started finding the right kind of balance and towards the end of the series; they gave England a run for their money.

Now for the upcoming Ashes, the Australian team is looking much more settled. Not many places in the XI are up for grabs. The Australians will be playing in their home conditions too. So, one cannot just write off Australia for this Ashes. They will not let England just run away with the games and that’s what Vaughan also had to say when he was asked about the upcoming Ashes.

The former England captain said, “Australia will be more settled this time around and they will have a good idea of the conditions as well. So, I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for England.”

“The pitches in Australia are going to be different. They will be a bit quicker and the Aussies are used to playing on those kinds of surfaces. So, they will find it easier than the English players.”

“England will have to play better than how they played at home. They were clearly not at their best this summer, but, they managed to play better than the opposition and that’s what you need to do.”

England had beaten Australia by 3-0 in the previous Ashes series.