Speaking after England’s 347-run victory over Australia at Lords, Michael Vaughan has argued that consistency is key if the Aussies want to bounce back from such a disappointing performance and defeat.
The second Test saw the inclusion of Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris at the expense of Ed Cowan and Mitchell Starc respectively.
But, as Vaughan told Fox Sports: “What I would do if I was Australia is keep playing the same players. I don’t see why you’d want to swap and change, particularly the batting line-up.”
While the form of Ian Bell and Joe Root has arguably exaggerated Australia’s woes with the bat, the former England captain still thinks that the visitors haven’t been their normal steely selves.
“It’s a surprise to me that Australia didn’t show a huge amount of character and fight with the bat in the Test. That’s the biggest disappointment for me,” Vaughan added, after Graeme Swann had wrapped up the mammoth victory with his ninth wicket of the match.
Darren Lehmann’s side now face three must-win Tests if they want to regain the Ashes, but Vaughan does feel that they are capable of avoiding a whitewash.
“Australia will definitely need some luck in terms of the conditions, and they’ll need Michael Clarke to step up to the plate and get a big hundred,” are important factors highlighted by the 2005 Ashes winning skipper.
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