Michael Vaughan says that England are going all the way in the Ashes. After dominant performances with ball and bat, the fourth Ashes Test is England’s all the way. I thought they were the value bet at the start of the Test and, after two terrific days, the Betfair market agrees, with Andrew Strauss’ men in to 1.18 to win.
There is so much time left in the game and I think England can bowl Australia out again, probably for around 250.
There is so much pressure on the Aussies, they are playing with so little confidence and some players are playing for their places in the team. I can easily envisage them folding again in the second innings and concentrating on the fifth and final test, hoping for a fresh start in Sydney.
Michael Vaughan has suggested to Ricky Ponting that he should go into defensive mode if he is to win the Ashes. As a captain you can make an average team better through your tactics and management. You can make indifferent bowlers look better by giving them more plans and working out a system.
Ponting is not doing that at the moment and I wonder if it is because he is so used to being an aggressive captain for so long because he had such great players at his disposal.
Michael Vaughan has said that he is backing England to in the ashes series this time around. “I think with what’s happening in the world game over the last 12 months, so much scandal surrounding cricket, I really think a fantastic Ashes series, one that I hope will go all the way to Sydney, is just what Test cricket needs,” Vaughan told reporters.
Vaughan, who led England to an Ashes series win at home in 2005 before retiring from the game three years later, said every former England captain was looking forward to the Ashes.
“I have finished my career and I am delighted I have got another career,” said Michael Vaughan, who has now become a television commentator. “But you ask any England captain over the last 30 years and they look forward to the Ashes.