Currently, the prestigious Ashes series is going on between England and Australia. The first Test match of the series began on June 16. In the first Test, England led by Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bat. Also, batted in his baseball style. They scored 393 runs for the loss of 8 wickets and suddenly announced their innings. The decision of the team attracted the attention of the world. Now former England captains have raised questions on this.
What did Michael Vaughan say?
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that if he was the captain, he would not have declared the innings. Especially with Joe Root. Vaughan, 48, also said that England were trying to send a message that no team had done before.
Speaking to the media after declaring the innings, Vaughan said, “I would not have declared. You just don’t know what is going to happen. England is trying to send a message, which no team has done before. I, as a captain, was expecting a few more runs, especially with Root. Even though England didn’t get a wicket, what does the Ashes mean? Warner and Khawaja, both seasoned professional players, were running like children.”
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Kevin Pietersen also criticized the decision of Ben Stokes. The 42-year-old Pietersen claimed that the second day could have been the most spectacular. A first innings score of 400 or 450 is considered fair.
He said, “I don’t think his leadership is the same on and off the field. This is difficult to answer. Because, we haven’t seen much of it this evening and I did the Test match against India with you last year. It was a pitch that was good for batting. I think Saturday can be the best day. So I am happy. I didn’t like the announcement.”
First day of the match
In the first Test of the Ashes 2023 series, England declared the innings at 393 for 8 in the first innings. Joe Root scored an unbeaten 118-run century for the host team. Apart from him, Jonny Bairstow contributed 78 runs. Also, by the end of the first day’s play, Australia had scored 14 runs without losing a single wicket. (ashes 2023 eng vs aus former captain kevin pieterson michael vaughan slams ben stokes declaration decision)
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