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Very poor batting from England: Vaughan

Last updated on: March 04, 2021 20:45 IST
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England's Ollie Pope bats on Day 1 of the 4th Test in Ahmedabad on Thursday

IMAGE: England's Ollie Pope bats on Day 1 of the 4th Test in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Thursday criticised the English team for not batting to their potential in the ongoing fourth Test against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

England skipper Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat first, but the batters failed to make the most and lost wickets quickly in the first session of play.

 

Vaughan, who has been quite vocal in his criticism of the pitches used in the series, called this pitch "perfect" and blamed England batters for failing to score runs.

"England's batting so far worse than any of the last few Tests ... This pitch is a perfect surface to get a big first innings score ... no spin ... ball coming onto the bat ... very poor batting so far ... #INDvENG."

"India today with the ball showed why they are so good in these conditions ... Pitch did very little for 60 overs and they completely out-skilled & out-thought England ... !! High class ... England with the Bat were very very average," Vaughan tweeted.

England were eventually bowled out for 205. Ben Stokes top scored for the tourists with a fighting 55, while a recalled Dan Lawrence made 46.

Axar Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers claiming 4-68 while fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and quick Mohammed Siraj shared five wickets between them.

India, who lead the series 2-1, need a draw to book their place in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship against New Zealand in June.

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