Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has been in the news recently for his scathing comments on Adil Rashid’s Test recall. Now, Vaughan wants England to be ‘angry’ when they take on India in the five-Test series which gets underway on Wednesday.
Writing in column for the Daily Telegraph, the 43-year-old has urged Joe Root and his men to display the same aggression and intent they showed in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
“Joe Root needs to hammer home to his men that they have a point to prove and try to replicate that angry England team that arrived at Headingley and hammered Pakistan in their last Test. Go back and say to the players: ‘What were you thinking that first day at Headingley?” Vaughan wrote in his column.
“This England team has to find that attitude without first having to be stirred into a response through criticism after a hammering. Maybe the Adil Rashid furore will help,” the former England skipper added.
Vaughan has also implored England’s senior pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad to take the attack to India skipper Virat Kohli and test his front foot. Kohli had a poor series in England during India’s tour of 2014 where he only managed a paltry 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.40.
“I was critical of them (Anderson and Broad) before Headingley,” he wrote. “They were outstanding in that game and they will have to be outstanding again.
“You expect Broad and Anderson to step up and challenge Kohli’s front foot. Bowl outside off-stump and then throw the odd one in straight to get him playing across the line and scissor his feet.”
The first Test between England and India will take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
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