Friday, October 28, 2011

Michael Vaughan: England must learn to play spin

Posted by Admin On 10:57 AM

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said if Alastair Cook's men want to be the best team in ODIs, they have to play well on rotating pitches.It is always harder to play away from home but England has to lose their short-sighted vision of playing on green wickets in this country,said Vanghan, worried about England's worsening appearance in the one-dayers after a 0-5 loss in India.
Look at results this year. Away from home we have lost 6-1 to Australia, been beaten by Bangladesh and Ireland throughout the World Cup, and now lost 5-0 in India. Our overall result against Sri Lanka and India in the summer was 6-2, but the scores only tell a certain story.
They perhaps wanted Alastair Cook to win a few games as a young captain but I am sorry, if you want to be the best team in one-day cricket then you have to play on slow, turning pitches constantly,the former skipper wrote in his column in 'The Daily Telegraph'.
Describing how England fared against Sri Lanka on green pitches as compared to the spinning tracks in India, Vaughan explained:Last summer we played Sri Lanka on the greenest Oval pitch I have ever seen and won happily. England then played at Headingley on a flat wicket that took a bit of spin and lost. They were not happy and went berserk at the groundsman.
The 36-year-old said England is always certain to win when they play on green-tops.You can pick any one of England's last ten 50-over teams and, on a green top, they would win. That is going back 14 or 15 years.
Despite agreeing that the current English side is one of the all time best, Vaughan said they have not done things right as far as one-dayers are concerned.I have been saying this for ages. It is not that we have a group of players who are not good enough. This is the best generation we have had in terms of skill, coaching and training.
They have got everything and as much as they deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they have play for the last two years in Test cricket, they have to be honest and believe they have got things wrong in one-day cricket,he said.
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