Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that South Africa’s victory against England in the first test match is a ‘wake up call’ for the English team. He said that he hasn’t seen a touring team performing that well in England for a long time. South Africa outplayed England in all the departments. As per Vaughan, as the test match progressed, the performance of the English team gradually deteriorated.
Vaughan said that when South Africa began its first inning on the second day, the conditions were not ideal for batting. The ball was moving around a bit and South Africa could have easily lost two or three wickets. But, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla played pretty well. They put their head down and played the ball according to its merit. As per Vaughan, that was a pretty crucial period of the test match. Had England taken 3 wickets on that second day, the scenario could have been different. On the third day, the conditions were batsman friendly and Smith and Amla played the English bowlers with ease.
Vaughan said that Graeme Swann is a key bowler for England. When he doesn’t take wickets, the team always struggles. The South African batsmen, especially Smith, played Swann brilliantly. As per Vaughan, with Smith in such kind of form, South Africa becomes a very dangerous team. He said that if Smith gets runs at the top, South Africa will always put up a big score.
Amla is a run machine. He will always score runs for you. Kallis is one of the most consistent players in world cricket. If you go pass all three of them, then you have to face AB De Villiers, who, according to Vaughan, is the most exciting batsman in the world at the moment. Vaughan said that the England players will have to play out of their skins to make a come back in the series.