India vs England: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Friday said the more India will prepare the pitches that are not good enough for five days test matches, the more ‘toothless’ ICC will look.
England suffered a humiliating defeat by 10 wickets within two days against India in the rank turner. With this defeat, they are out of the ICC World Test Championship Finals against New Zealand.
While some of the former players slammed the curator and BCCI for such shameless pitches, some blamed batsmen for not showing enough intent and concentration because 21 wickets out of 30 have come from straight deliveries.
“The longer powerful countries like India are allowed to get away with it the more toothless the ICC will look,” Vaughan wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
“The high authorities are allowing India to prepare whatever they want for the five games test matches but it is test cricket which is getting hurt.”
Vaughan claimed India’s victory as “a shallow victory” and admitted that the home side is much better prepared for the conditions.
“India have won the third pink ball test but it is a shallow victory. In fact, no one won the game at all,” Vaughan wrote.
“Whatever the result came, we have to admit that India is much better equipped. Their skillset is far better than English players in such harsh and tweaking conditions.”
“But the good of the game needs to be looked at and as ex-players it is our duty to call it out.”
Vaughan further stated that the English players are batting with the surface since the last two test games.
“We have to recognise that these players are battling with their careers and the surface used have let them down.”
“I don’t understand, how someone can say that 250 is above par score in the first innings of the test match and recognise that surface as a good for test cricket.”
Vaughan slammed India’s idea to produce the rank turners after the defeat in the first game at Chennai. The surface started turning from ball one and India knows that the game won’t last more than three days.
He also blamed England’s rotation policy saying that they are keeping out the skilled and deserved player out of the important test series.