‘The only thing they’ve done right is turn up on time’: Michael Vaughan hammers England’s pitiful Ashes displays and is baffled at Stuart Broad being dropped for third Test
- England endured yet another poor first day and the Ashes already looks over
- The first day of the Boxing Day Test saw England all out for just 185 in first innings
- Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan says tourists have got ‘everything wrong’
- He could not understand the decision not to play Stuart Broad in third Test
England have ‘got pretty much everything wrong’ in the Ashes so far, blasted former captain Michael Vaughan.
After yet another poor day, this time the first of the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, with the tourists out for 185, Vaughan was scathing of the group.
He told Fox Cricket: ‘So far the only thing they’ve done right on the trip is turn up on time.
Michael Vaughan was highly critical of England, who have ‘got pretty much everything wrong’
Joe Root’s side endured yet another disappointing day as the Australians dominated
‘They’ve got pretty much everything wrong – selection, tactics have not quite been right.’
And the 47-year-old, who famously scored more than 600 runs in the 2002 Ashes series in Australia, including three centuries, struck out at England’s team selection.
He was baffled by the fact that Stuart Broad was left out of Christ Silverwood’s side for the do-or-die game.
He went on: ‘Stuart Broad should be playing here [in Melbourne], he should’ve played in Brisbane.
‘How Stuart Broad is not going to be bowling around the wicket to David Warner on a green top, I just can’t fathom that with the quality that he brings.’
Vaughan could not fathom why Stuart Broad, one of England’s best bowlers, was not selected
Joe Root was dismissed for 50 after playing an ill advised shot outside off stump
Before play, Vaughan also criticised England for being too friendly with their Australian counterparts, adding: ‘I think Joe will be saying to this side: ‘The England supporters and we as a group, we expect a lot more from ourselves. Let’s get a bit nasty.’
‘There’s been too many mornings where I’ve turned on the television screen and I saw them all shaking hands and having conversation with Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
‘Do that in the dressing rooms afterwards, not before the start of play. They’ve been too nice, let’s see if a nastier England side can produce some better results.’
But it wasn’t the ‘nasty’ England that Vaughan wanted to see at the MCG on the first day.
On a decent batting surface, Australia rolled through them for 185 and made a solid start in response, with only David Warner falling for 38 off James Anderson as the hosts finished the day 61-1.
Vaughan accused England of being too friendly with Australia and before the game started, James Anderson enjoyed a chat with Australian spinner Nathan Lyon