“It’s a stinker for test cricket!” Michael Vaughan says India panicked after the first Test defeat and prepared the Chennai pitch to deteriorate on day two as England suffer from the batting collapse … Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen weigh on striking conditions
Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook slammed the Chennai field when India dominated the second Test.
With the rapidly deteriorating second day of the game, which resulted in the ball spitting and turning all over the place, England’s top and middle order collapsed, leaving them 106 for eight at tea after India posted 329.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were the main beneficiaries as India put themselves in a very strong position to end the series 1-1.
India’s bowlers dominated the second day against England on a rapidly deteriorating wicket
England’s supreme and middle order collapsed when India took advantage of the reversible wicket
And the pitch conditions did not meet the approval of Vaughan, who described it as a “stinker for test cricket” when the gates fell.
Vaughan said of the BBC’s Test Match Social, “India clearly panicked after the first test. You picked two spinners and the playing field exploded. It’s not a good test match wicket.
“England tries to be busy and do the right things, but it’s very difficult on this type of surface.
‘The pitch is a stinker for test cricket. I think spin is great entertainment for the game, but I think that pitch did too much too soon. ‘
2005 English Ashes hero Vaughan also got into an argument with Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Twitter after India decided to beat first after winning the throw.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan and Australian spin legend Shane Warne clashed on Twitter after Vaughan called Chennai Square a “test cricket stinker”.
Vaughan pointed out the contrast between the first and second tests in the Chennai wicket
Vaughan tweeted: “It’s fun cricket as things happen all the time, but let’s face it, this pitch is a shock … no excuses as India was better but this is not a 5 day test match field . “
Warne replied, ‘The throw was more important to win the 1st test than this one because it didn’t do anything for the first 2 days. Then it exploded.
‘This one was a spin from ball one. Narrow should have thrown India out for 220. No difference between spinning or sewing & Rohit [Sharma] showed how to play on this surface. ‘
Vaughan disagreed with Warne and replied, “It didn’t do nearly as much in two sessions … spun, but not as it is now … India would have taken the first Test if they’d beaten something like the first innings … that’s not it is not a good test ground.