“Common Sense Ball”: Michael Vaughan Takes Veiled Dig At Bazball After Joe Root Century In Ranchi Test

Feb24,2024






During the ongoing fourth Test against India, former England captain Michael Vaughan indirectly took a dig at the visiting team's buzzball approach. England were rocked by India's debut fast bowler Akash Deep, who struck three times in the first session to restrict the Ben Stokes-led side to 112/5 at lunch on the first day. However, Joe Root and Ben Foakes made an important partnership of 113 runs. Scored runs to help England cross the 300-run mark on the first day. Root, who finished with a century, came out to bat with a different strategy to Foakes after lunch, and took his time in the middle to lead England's recovery.

Vaughan was pleased to see that “common sense” finally prevailed in the England camp.

“Good to see common sense ball,” Vaughn posted on Twitter (formerly Twitter) on Friday.

Vaughan reignited the debate on the pitch, terming the Ranchi track as “shocking”.

Vaughan wrote in another post, “The old saying goes… don't judge a pitch until both teams have batted and bowled on it… but honestly… this one looks shocking. “

Meanwhile, at the end of the first day's play, England's score was 302/7.

Foakes scored 47 runs in 126 balls before being caught at short midwicket off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj.

Root, on the other hand, scored his 31st century to rediscover his magical touch after consistently low scores in the first three matches.

Before the second day, Root was unbeaten on 106 runs, while Ollie Robinson was also playing on 31 runs.

Root's century brought relief as England lost the third Test after being criticized for giving away his wicket on a reverse scoop.

For India, Akash Deep took three wickets while Mohammad Siraj also got two wickets.

England are struggling in the five-match series, trailing 2-1.

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