Former England captain Michael Vaughan blasted the current side’s “appalling” batting in the ongoing second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge, saying they need to show more respect for five-day cricket. England lost seven wickets for 62 runs as they slumped to 205 all out on Saturday’s second day in reply to South Africa’s first innings 335.
“The England batting has been appalling. Maybe, it’s lack of respect about what the game is,” Ashes-winning skipper Vaughan said while commentating on BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.
Vaughan, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, added: “They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game. I look at the approach — yes, the ball has done a little bit but it’s not been drastic. They have this approach of attack, attack, attack. There is no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down.”
England’s lack of top order Test runs has been a worry for some time and Vaughan said the batsmen needed to master the art of occupying the crease. “The (batsmen) don’t trust their techniques to stay in long enough. That’s a concern. England regularly collapse. It’s always when the ball does a little bit. Look at the way South Africa played. A lot of England’s players look like they are premeditating their shots,” he explained.
England were one for none, needing a further 473 runs to reach their victory target of 474, at stumps on the third day. South Africa declared their second innings on 343 for nine. Hashim Amla top-scored with 87, opener Dean Elgar made 80 and returning captain Faf du Plessis 63. England off-spinner Moeen Ali took four for 78.