Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticized Australia’s batting performance on day two of the final Ashes 2023 Test at The Oval, calling it the worst he has ever seen from the Aussies. Despite Steve Smith’s half-century and valuable contributions from captain Pat Cummins and off-spinner Todd Murphy, Australia could only manage to be bowled out for 295, taking a slender lead of 12 runs against England.
Vaughan expressed his surprise at Australia’s timid approach throughout the day, stating that he has never seen them play with so much fear. He noted that the usual aggressive and forward-moving style of Australian cricket was missing, and they seemed content to bat cautiously for extended periods without putting enough pressure on the bowlers.
“They are taking home the urn, but I’ve never seen Australia play with so much fear. They are usually so aggressive and try to take the game forward,” Michael Vaughan commented during the BBC Test Match Special.
Stuart Broad, the England pacer who took 2-49 in the match, had a different perspective on Australia’s approach. He stated that the tourists stuck to their successful style of play, which has served them well over the years. Broad emphasized that England’s playing style may not be the template for other teams to follow, but it works effectively for them.
He acknowledged Australia as the world Test champions, having won every game in their home summer, and stated that they are unlikely to change their approach simply because England plays differently.
As the Ashes series nears its conclusion, the contrasting opinions on Australia’s batting approach highlight the different strategies employed by teams in Test cricket. While Vaughan expressed concern over Australia’s cautious display, Broad defended the visitors’ method, emphasizing the importance of sticking to what has brought them success in the past. The final day of the Test promises to be intriguing as both teams aim to make a significant impact in the decisive match.