Chris Morris and co ensured SA had a good start on Day 2 © Getty Images
Chris Morris and co ensured SA had a good start on Day 2 © Getty Images

After a rousing effort by England batters in the first Test at Lord’s, their show in the second match has been anything but inspiring against South Africa. Day Two at Trent Bridge saw England’s much-famed batting line-up fall like a pack of cards, with only Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow providing resistance. Former captain Michael Vaughan lashed out at the team’s performance on Day 2 calling their batting performance as appalling. England currently trail South Africa by 205 runs with three days of play remaining.

Speaking to BBC Test Match Special, Vaughan said, “The England batting has been appalling. Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is.” He further went on to slam the strategies adopted by England while batting. “They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game. I look at the approach – yes, the ball has done a little bit but it’s not been drastic. They have this approach of attack, attack, attack. There is no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down,” he added.

England yet again collapsed despite being in control. “That’s a concern. England regularly collapse. It’s always when the ball does a little bit. Look at the way South Africa played. A lot of England’s players look like they are premeditating their shots. The best way is to watch the ball and react, “ Vaughan stated.

Vaughan before signing off suggested that England need to play more batsmen in their XI than pick six bowlers.  “England are a batter light. This is the kind of team you pick after winning Test match after Test match. You have three all-rounders in Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow, so pack the batting. All the players from Joe Root down will give you chances,” he concluded.