Michael Vaughan predicts England’s defeat in 2nd Ashes Test while claiming Ben Stokes and Co. forgot art of soaking pressure due to “stupid” Bazball approach

Vaughan criticized Harry Brook's shot selection and opined that England have forgotten the art of soaking pressure to stay put with their Bazball approach.


Michael Vaughan predicts England’s defeat in 2nd Ashes Test while claiming Ben Stokes and Co. forgot art of soaking pressure due to “stupid” Bazball approach

Michael Vaughan, Ben Stokes (Images via Hindustan Times, Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan expressed his irritation over England’s ‘Bazball’ approach as Ben Stokes and Co. was skittled out for 325 runs as opposed to Australia’s 416 runs in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday, June 30. Since the very start of the tournament, the cricketing world were keeping a close eye on England and whether they will stick to Bazball against newly crowned World Test Championship winners.

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England started Day 3 from 278/4 but unfortunately for them, wickets fell like a pack of cards as they were restricted to just 325. On that day, the hosts could score just 47 runs for the loss of six wickets. Vaughan criticized Harry Brook’s shot selection and opined that England have forgotten the art of soaking pressure to stay put with their Bazball approach.

England clearly like losing. Seeing a player play a shot like that, it’s not just not good enough at this level. This is stupid cricket from England. I fear they have forgotten the art of soaking up periods of the game that aren’t easy,” Vaughan told the BBC Test Match Special. “Test cricket is a test and in that test sometimes you have to soak up pressure.”

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2nd Ashes Day 3 recap

Michael Vaughan predicts England's defeat in 2nd Ashes while claiming Ben Stokes and Co. forgot art of soaking pressure due to "stupid" Bazball approach
Steve Smith in action in 2nd Ashes Test (Image via Twitter)

As mentioned already, England started Day 3 from 278/4 before Mitchell Starc ran through to dismiss Ben Stokes (17), Joe Root (10), and Harry Brook (50). On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow (16), Ollie Pope (42), and Ben Duckett (98) easily gave away their wickets despite a decent start. Australia will start Day 4 from 130/2 with Usman Khawaja (58) and Steve Smith (6).

Meanwhile, on Day 1, England had won the toss and opted to bowl first. This prompted the Aussies to reach 416 thanks to Steve Smith’s century (110), David Warner’s 66, and Travis Head’s 77.

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