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Michael Vaughan fears Ashes whitewash

Michael Vaughan (left) fears whitewash (©GettyImages)
Michael Vaughan (left) fears whitewash (©GettyImages).

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has recently said that England could well lose the series by 5-0 if they don’t recover mentally from the two massive defeats that they have had.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: “The Australians have played a great brand of cricket, if England are getting out playing the pull shot on a slow wicket, what's it going to be like at the WACA?

“I see a few technical flaws with England, but it's in their minds - unless they twist the mentality round, it's going to be 5-0." 

Then he reflected on the fact that the seniors need to start firing now: “It's the worst case scenario, a horrible environment to be in when you start losing.

“But the senior lads have to step up to the plate - Joe Root as a young player almost pointed the finger at the senior players and said 'lads, this is how you do it'.

“The senior players are the ones who have to get England out of the mess they're in.”

Former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott too had the same view: “I've worked out that 50 per cent of our wickets have been given away,” Boycott told the BBC. “A lot of them are pulling and hooking and being caught at fine leg.

“You can't win a test match if you can't bat. If you don't make decent scores you don't give your bowlers a chance and that's the problem. We don't seem to have a mindset to stay in and make them bowl you out.

“We're playing like it's a 50-over match. It's crash, bang, wallop and out and that won't win test matches.”


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