New Delhi: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has also blamed head coach Chris Silverwood for the defeat against Virat Kohli-led India in the second Test at Lord’s. Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj helped India beat England by 151 runs to register their third win at the historic Lord’s ground.
Vaughan hits out at Silverwood
Michael Vaughan wrote in a Facebook post, ‘Six months as England captain has been said to be a big time for Joe Root, but the same is true for Chris Silverwood as coach. It is – and maybe even more. It’s been four months since Ed Smith was ousted, with Silverwood being named the almighty head coach with complete control over selection, and England’s record in Tests at the time is as follows: four played, two drawn, two lost – And those two draws would probably have been lost had the weather not intervened.
Vaughan disappointed with England’s performance
Vaughan wrote, the figures are worrying – especially considering the Ashes in December. But what’s more worrying for me is that we don’t really understand yet what kind of team Chris Silverwood wants England to be. He has talked about the importance of scoring runs in the first innings and then bowling with discipline but it is just common sense Test cricket that applies to every team on the planet. It doesn’t matter what England is aiming for strategically or in terms of their mindset. Above all, the performance of our team has been disappointing.
India had the upper hand: Vaughan
Vaughan said that tactical mistakes made 80 minutes before lunch on the final day made the difference between victory and defeat for the hosts. India had the upper hand, while England was not thinking straight and making silly mistakes. Vaughan wrote, “But Silverwood has to show that he is capable of changing the pace of England in this series, because at the moment it is going only one way and that is in the direction of Virat Kohli.