Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, was unimpressed with England’s batting show against South Africa in Trent Bridge after the hosts were skittled for 205 in their first innings of the second Test. After having beaten South Africa comprehensively in the first Test by a margin of 211 runs, the hosts conceded a lead of 130, which saw the visitors end the day 205 runs ahead.
“The England batting has been appalling,” said Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special on Saturday (July 15). “Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is.”
“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. The best way is to watch the ball and react,” added Vaughan, who believed that the England batsmen should have spent some time in the middle and seen the phase through if the ball was swinging.
“I worry about the mentality of the Test batting because as soon as the things get difficult – it swings around or spins – they play aggressively.”
“England lost eight Tests last year. They need to pack the batting. They are not good enough or winning enough games to go with that line up,” he added.