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Preparing green tops for India series won’t do England any good: Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former captain Michael Vaughan feels that making ready green tops for the 5-match Test series towards India following the disappointing present towards New Zealand will do England extra hurt than good in the long term.
Vaughan mentioned England erred in not choosing a specialist spinner within the taking part in eleven for the 2 Tests towards New Zealand.

“They got lucky at Lord’s because it rained. But to make the same mistake two weeks in a row – that is a glaring tactical error. The wicket was not gripping and offering a lot of turn, but you need a variation when it is hot and dry at Edgbaston,” Vaughan advised The Telegraph.
“You actually end up bowling your seamers more in a four-man seam attack each than with three seamers and the spinner – so if they had picked Jack Leach, Joe Root could have also kept his seamers fresher. I hope England do not make the same mistake against India.”
The India series begins on August 4. Vaughan reckons England should get higher at taking part in the “long game” on good wickets.

“Even though England have struggled on these pitches, I believe they have to continue playing on good wickets, which is what Chris Silverwood said he wanted this summer.
“I do not consider taking part in on green tops towards India – even when it will get them a pair of low cost Test wins – will do them any good by any means as they construct to Australia away and past. They have to learn to play, and win, on good Test pitches.
“The past few weeks have been perfect wickets for Test cricket and regraded the team who has played the better cricket. England just have not been good enough. It has been a stark reminder that this Test match team have a long way to go before they can really think about beating Australia in Australia.”

Vaughan reiterated that New Zealand are favourites for the WTC ultimate towards India starting June 18.
“When you factor in that they made six changes for this Test, you just have to say they are a better side than England now, even with England not having Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler or Jofra Archer this series.
“I’ve New Zealand as favourites to win the World Test Championship ultimate towards India. They have had two very aggressive video games and can take some confidence.
“India have played intra-squad warm-up matches but that just is not the same intensity,” he added.

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