Following England’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s, former England skipper Michael Vaughan directed criticism in the direction of both Joe Root and Stuart Broad.
It was being suggested that the latter should be dropped in an attempt to shake up Joe Root’s team to find that winning feeling once again. Broad, however, chose to respond to Vaughan’s comments after taking 3-38 on the first day of the second Test.
Broad, 31, felt Vaughan’s comments lacked “logic” especially after making a great start to the second test. Vaughan then followed this up by suggesting that it was a “concern that he is speaking like that after one good day.” Broad is England’s second highest wicket-taker of all time, taking over 400 Test wickets since making his debut over a decade ago in 2007.
Vaughan personally felt that Broad, a senior member of the team, was commenting “as though England had won the game” and went on to say that “I don’t think it was the right time to plan that attack.” Vaughan may have had a point as England have struggled for a long while now, but they did, in fact, go on to win the second test by an innings and 55-run margin.
Captain Joe Root has quickly moved to emphasise that the emphatic victory cannot and should not be used to paper over the cracks. Prior to this Test win, England had been on a run of eight consecutive defeats and will now be looking to build on this victory when they begin their next series against India in August.
Root said “We can’t just use this to paper over cracks, we’ve got a lot of hard work ahead” following the convincing victory. He went on to say, “We have to learn to harness the way we’ve gone about things on the field, learn the lessons that we did as quickly as we have done this week, and adapt the way we have.”
You could say that Vaughan’s comments could be important going forward in the case of England. While Broad and others may have taken a dislike to his words following England’s defeat in the first Test, he’s clearly trying to suggest that the players should get their heads down and work, rather than respond to comments from the press and media.
Broad will feel particularly smug that his comments did coincide with England going on to win the second Test, but one win won’t solve the problems that have plagued the team for a good while now. There have been false dawns previously where England have played badly, gained focus, going on to win. The issue has always been sustaining the good run of form over the long term and that’s something that needs to change and fast.
Next up for England is a one-day international in Edinburgh against Scotland on June 10th. It’s another chance for them to get a good result while putting in a good performance too. This will then set them up nicely for when they come up against Australia and India later in the summer.