Michael Vaughan opines on a key issue plaguing England in 2023 World Cup
By SMCS - Oct 17, 2023 12:00 pm
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that the lack of players doing well in the IPL is one of the causes of their poor shows in the ongoing World Cup. His comments came after the side faced a shocking defeat to Afghanistan on Sunday as well. With conditions and pitches similar to the ones used during the IPL, England has struggled in the first three games as well, winning only against Bangladesh.

England team

In his column for The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan wrote: “Jos Buttler is a standout player in the IPL but opens the batting for Rajasthan whereas he bats No 5 in 50-over cricket, a different role. Stokes did not play in the IPL this year, Livingstone has done a decent job at times in the IPL but no more. Curran has been very good at times but we do not have too many who have been exceptional in the IPL apart from Buttler and he is doing a different job for England.”

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The former captain further added, “The majority of other teams boast players filling the same roles in 50-over cricket at this tournament that they do in the IPL. England have a great set of white-ball players but they look short in these conditions of competing with India and South Africa. New Zealand are a well-oiled, disciplined unit with lots of IPL experience as well. Look at this England side – Jonny Bairstow has done well in the IPL but that was a while ago. Dawid Malan doesn’t play IPL, Joe Root has played a handful of games for Rajasthan, Brook did not perform for the Sunrisers.”

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However, Michael Vaughan denied the claims that a lack of 50-over cricket for England is costing them in the ongoing World Cup as several players in the squad are focusing primarily on T20 leagues around the world when it comes to white-ball cricket as well.

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“One thing that is rubbish, is saying England should have played more 50-over cricket for their counties. They didn’t play any 50-over domestic cricket leading into 2019. No players around the world play much 50-over cricket,” Vaughan said. It is just in these conditions, England have lacked bravery with the bat. They are trying, I don’t doubt their effort, but sometimes you go to parts of the world where you don’t have the right skill sets to compete and if that doesn’t change on Saturday they will be out of it.”