Michael Vaughan slams England spinners after first day of second Test

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed the quality of the current English spinners following a tough first day of the second Test against India.

Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari and Adil Rashid picked up 13 of the 16 Indian wickets to fall in the first Test in Rajkot, however they struggled in Visakhapatnam, finishing with disappointing combined figures of 0-180 from 49 overs.

It was left to England's all-time leading wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson, playing his first test since August, and Stuart Broad to share the wickets as they struck with the new ball, but it didn't stop both Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli from hitting centuries.


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Vaughan slams the spinners

After the spinners' poor showing in Bangladesh, and with India currently in a dominant position on 317-4, Vaughan questioned their ability on BBC's TMS podcast, claiming: "They have gone back to the Bangladesh mode of bowling too many short balls, too many full tosses.

"In these conditions, under pressure, can the spinners hold a length? They did it in Rajkot, but there was a massive score on the board and they weren't under pressure. India have learned they can put England's spinners under more pressure."

On Ansari, who is only playing his third Test match, Vaughan said: "I look at Ansari, and he's a batsman who bowls a bit. For any spinner, do they spin it, do they put revolutions on the ball?

The man who captained England between 2003 and 2008 added: "To me, it looks like he's just rolling the ball out. To survive at this level, you have to get revs on the ball."

Good return for Anderson

Meanwhile, Anderson, on a pitch that was expected to turn, took an impressive 3-44 from his 16 overs on his return from a long-term shoulder injury and improved his side's predicament with two late wickets on day one.

The world-class Kohli remains unbeaten on 151, and England's opening bowler, now aged 34, admitted: "They (India) got 40 or 50 (runs) too many today - we didn't bowl as well as we could have done. Four down is not the worst for us but hopefully we'll have a good day tomorrow."

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