Vaughan: England will be 'blown away' by India

2016-10-25 16:55
Michael Vaughan (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former England captain Michael Vaughan did not dwell on the fact that his countrymen beat Bangladesh in the first Test, opting to look further ahead to India.

Speaking to the BBC Sport, Vaughan warned that if they played like they did in Chittagong, England would find themselves losing five nil to India later this year.

England won the first Test by just 22 runs on day five, and while it was exciting, the Tigers nearly snatched a first-ever Test win against England, and Vaughan was alarmed.

He pointed out their traditional top order batting collapse, and then pondered the use of below-par spinners when England's pacemen did a better job.

The Yorkshireman said: "If they perform like they did against Bangladesh, it'll be 5-0.

"England for such a long time are always 30 or 40 for three. If they're 30 or 40 for three against India they'll get blown away.

"Yes, you celebrate a win, but hopefully England, in the background, are being honest with themselves that they can play better."

Of the spinners, he recommended that Adil Rashid be dropped for Dhaka, as the team has enough all-rounders, and he'd rather have paceman Steve Finn be picked.

"The stats are telling me here that over the last four games in these conditions, the seamers did a better job," he added.

"Why play spinners who aren't good enough?

"Someone like Rashid maybe sits out the next Test and because England have so many all-rounders, you can bring in Steven Finn because of the likes of Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes."

Read more on:    england  |  michael vaughan  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Your thoughts on the two-Test suspension handed down by the ICC to Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.