Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan has appealed to Joe Root & Co. to show their aggressive side during the upcoming five-match Test series against India, starting August 1st in Birmingham.
Vaughan feels the intensity among the English side should only increase with each passing day of Test cricket during the series and the home side must challenge Virat Kohli by all means. India will be kickstarting with an ambitious approach to get rid of the poor travellers’ reputation.
“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 the Daily Telegraph.
“Sometimes it is not done in team chats. Sometimes you are better off speaking to individuals. Go to each individual and ask: ‘Why did you arrive in Leeds with more intensity’?“
Backs Root to play monumental knocks
Michael Vaughan has backed English skipper Joe Root to get starts and convert them into massive scores.
“He averages over 50 from 16 Tests as captain. I would have snatched your hand off for that average. The only problem for Joe is that he has not scored the hundreds he should have done.”
The former England captain also expected greater consistency from Alastair Cook.
“Alastair Cook needs to find consistency. One massive score in a series along with loads of low scores is no good. He needs consistency over the next five games. And he has to drag Keaton Jennings with him.
“Yes, Cook has to look after his own performance, but it would be nice to take Jennings with him, so whenever he leaves the Test team he has made sure England have a decent, half-experienced opening batsman to take on his mantle.”
“He scored a hundred on debut in Mumbai, and it is always nice to know you are playing against a team you have had success against before. That could be worth a lot for him.”