The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that England should have done much better on the first day of the second Ashes test match.
England batted first after winning the toss at Lord’s and when the play ended on the first day, they had lost 7 wickets for 289.
Analysing the first day’s play, Vaughan said, “It was a beautiful batting track. The ball was coming on nicely and I thought that it would be a fruitful day for England. But, it wasn’t to be.”
“I wouldn’t say Australia bowled impressively throughout the day. But, they bowled well in patches. Ryan Harris in particular was fantastic. He got nice shape going and created a lot of problems for the batters.”
“The English camp would be disappointed with how things went on the first day. They had the opportunity to bat Australia out of the match by posting a huge total in the first innings, but, they couldn’t do that.”
When asked about Ian Bell who scored his second consecutive hundred in the series, Vaughan said, “He is a class act. He again played a great knock. But, it would have been wonderful if he had been there at the crease at the end of the day’s play.”
“I would say that the game is still evenly poised. It’s important for England to get a few quick runs tomorrow morning. On the other hand, Australia would like to wrap up the England innings as soon as possible.”
Vaughan also hailed Michael Clarke’s pro activeness as captain. He said, “Clarke was fantastic as captain on the first day. A couple of his bowling changes were brilliant. To bring Shane Watson into the attack so early in the innings was certainly an inspired decision.”