Shane Watson

Shane Watson (above) is making the same mistake of planting the front foot over to off-stump and playing across the line in 2013 as he made four years earlier according to former England captain Michael Vaughan © Getty Images

London: Jul 23, 2013

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain felt that Australia have to discard certain players who are suffering from a psychological damage caused by their failure against this England team.

According to Vaughan in 2009 England won with a side which had Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Ian Bell, Matt Prior, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. These players were present when England thrashed Australia by the margin of 3-1 in 2010 wrote Vaughan in The Telegraph.

Australia are currently 2-0 down in the series. Australian players — Michael Clarke, Peter Siddle, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Phil Hughes and Steven Smith have been on the losing side against England.

As per Vaughan England were intimidated in the 1990s by the presence of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne as the duo had been responsible for the downfall of many England batsmen. 

In the early 2000s when Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Steve Harmison arrived these players had no baggage of failure against Australia. “We did not have any baggage so by the time we played them in 2005 we looked at facing them as a positive. We did not know how to beat Australia but we also did not know how to lose. That is important,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan said that the current Australian side is scarred and Clarke has been part of four Ashes series and lost three of them. The one series which he won in 2007 had all the greats in the team.

“[Shane] Watson is still making the same mistake in 2013 that he made in 2009. For four years he has planted that front foot over to off stump and played across the front pad. England are delighted to see him continue to play in that fashion,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan is impressed by his fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root who he thinks worked on his batting after knowing about his role as an opener in Ashes 2013. “He (Root) did not have an on-drive three weeks ago but now he has added that shot to his game because he has realised you have to learn where the opposition are going to bowl to you,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan is worried about Australia and wonders how they will get out of this precarious situation. He said, “The only way to get anything out of this tour is to stick with the current players for the remainder of the series, minus the injured James Pattinson. The Ashes have gone. They have zero chance of winning the series now. But they might as well use the last three games to find out once and for all about these batsmen. Can they cut it at Test match level? Can they overcome failure and disappointment?”

Vaughan felt by August 25 Australia will know whether or not Hughes, Smith, Usman Khawaja, Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers are Test players or not. If they fail Australia might bring in fresh blood according to the former England captain.