The key to England’s chances is to beat long: Vaughan
London, October 9 (IANS): Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes hitting long will be key to England’s chances in the Ashes later in the year. He also said England will need to train their minds to achieve 400 points in the opening innings and 600 points in each test.
“The key to England’s chances is to beat for a long time. They can’t be an all-out 300 team. They won’t do anything that way. They have to train their brains to do 400 in the opening innings. need at least 600 races per test match. Even that might not be enough, but it’s a minimum requirement, “Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph on Saturday.
He also said that if that happens then England will have a chance to pose questions and tactical challenges to Australian skipper Tim Paine. “If they do, they’ll dig deeper into the game and ask Tim Paine tactical questions. That’s when he took off in the past. It’s at the end of test matches that ‘he’s struggling: 2019 Headingley and last year against India in Brisbane and Sydney. If you push Australia into the final test match sessions, that’s when you challenge them. “
Vaughan felt that picking 17 members for the Ashes would be good. “You only need 16 or 17 on a team. Sometimes you can have too many and it can become a distraction. They have to call early and pick 17, letting the others go and be with the Lions or play a bit. from Big Bash. You can always bring someone back. “
The 46-year-old wondered if pacer Mark Wood would be a real threat with his pace. “The problem for England is that they lack the one thing you need in Australia: raw rhythm. Mark Wood is very important but the problem for him is that you also need movement and that the Kookaburra ball doesn’t do anything. That means I’m not sure how much of a threat it will pose. Nimble, shorter bowlers with pace can be successful in Australia, but they have to be skillful like Darren Gough. Wood is more a matter of rhythm rather than movement. “
Vaughan concluded by saying that England must also have a quality spinner in their ranks and left arm spinner Jack Leach should take inspiration from South African Keshav Maharaj. “You also need a quality spinner. The only time they took a high quality spinner to Australia in my lifetime was Graeme Swann. England doesn’t have a high class spinner but they have Jack Leach. He has to watch what Keshav Maharaj did for South Africa five years ago. He kept it tight in the opening innings before being more threatening later. But he didn’t. was successful only because the hitters made red runs. “