Boycott, Vaughan's warning to India

Geoffrey Boycott believes England team is not satisfied by 3-0 series victory and will aim for a whitewash Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 17, 2011

Former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan believe that England will prepare a green top at the The oval for the final match of the Test series. Though England has won the series by 3-0 margin, both the former Yorkshire batsmen believe that the ruthless England team will go for the kill with no respite for India.

Boycott was quoted in Mid Day as saying,”I haven’t been there recently (so I am not sure how the surface will behave). I’ve been hearing that the pitch has quickened up a little. If there’s some grass, and if India play the same bowlers, England will look to deliver the knockout blow and go for 4-0.

“The celebrations have been subtle, and they won’t celebrate properly till there’s a whitewash. This England side is going for the kill. India will need to play out of their skins.”

Even Michael Vaughan shared the same sentiment. Vaughan said James Anderson’s absence won’t be good news for Indians as the other England bowlers are capable of testing Indian batsman on the green top in The Oval.

Vaughan was quoted in Mid Day as saying,”Don’t expect anything different. I was there recently (during a one-dayer against Sri Lanka), and spotted some grass. I don’t find any reason the curator won’t prepare a quick surface. The only bad news for England is that James Anderson is doubtful, but that won’t mean any reprieve for India”