‘Let’s be honest this is not a 5 day Test pitch!!’: Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticises Indian wicket again as hosts collapse on day two in Ahmedabad with Joe Root taking FIVE
- England tore through the India batting line-up on day two of the third Test
- India were bowled out for 145 after England scored just 112 batting first
- Former England captain claimed the wicket has ‘not a five day pitch’
- He made similar comments after the second-Test defeat in Chennai
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was once again critical of the pitches India have prepared for their four-match series with England as the hosts were skittled out by the part-time spin of Joe Root on day two of the third Test.
Vaughan was highly critical of the pitch prepared for the second Test in Chennai, when India cruised to a 317-run win, but his words fell on deaf Indian ears as fans and pundits claimed his words were just sour grapes.
As Root and Jack Leach tore through the Indian batting line up in Ahmedabad, however, Vaughan sensed an opportunity to reiterate his point.
England captain Joe Root celebrates a wicket on his way to his first-ever five-for in Test cricket
Frontline batsman Rishabh Pant was one of the five batsmen removed by Root on day two
‘Well well well,’ he tweeted. ‘I wouldn’t want to be chasing 100 batting last… Let’s be honest this is not a 5 day Test pitch !!’
Goading Indian fans hitting back at him on Twitter as fellow Yorkshireman Root took the wickets of Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah, Vaughan added: ‘Indian batsman can’t play off spinners from Yorkshire !!’
Ashwin, who was man of the match in the series-levelling win in Chennai with eight wickets and a century to his name, had responded to Vaughan’s criticism of the pitch before the third Test.
Michael Vaughan claimed that India had not prepared a five-day pitch for the third Test
Vaughan goaded his Indian followers as Joe Root took five wickets with his part-time off spin
Michael Vaughan (right) drew a response from Ravi Ashwin after his comments in Chennai
‘I’m completely fine with people having opinions, because we’ll also have our opinion when we tour abroad,’ Ashwin said.
‘But we don’t complain or crib, we just get on with it. I’ve never seen any of our greats talk about pitches having a lot of grass, or all these things.
‘When people come out with such opinion, we should respect them but should be able to magnanimously deflect them away.
‘It was not like some amazing balls got the wickets, it was more the balls that followed them, or the mind game that was being played.’