England are building towards the Ashes in 2021. Michael Vaughan says they don’t stand a chance
Dec. 02, 2019
England currently doesn’t stand a chance of winning the next Ashes in 2021-22, Michael Vaughan says.
The 2005 Ashes hero was blunt in assessing his former side’s hopes after watching Australia retain the urn in England this year, before claiming consecutive wins by an innings against Pakistan.
Speaking to foxsports.com.au after Australia completed its 2-0 whitewash at the Adelaide Oval, Vaughan said Joe Root’s side is lacking in key areas and doesn’t have what it takes to win back the urn.
“At this stage, I don’t think England have got a chance in two years’ time unless they suddenly find one or two high class bowlers from somewhere, and a high class spinner,” the Fox Cricket expert said.
“I know we’re two years away but I don’t think England have got the tools to beat Australia in Australian conditions - particularly this Australian team.”
Vaughan has in the past 12 months seen the best and worst of Australia, who in January lost a home Test series to India for the first time. Nine months later, it retained the Ashes urn in England for the first time since 2001.
The side is now a dominant force in world cricket once more – and it’s the addition of three batting pillars it has to thank, Vaughan said.
“I was here last year when they played a quality India team and they lost, but you could feel there was still a little bit of rawness and obviously there was no David Warner and Steve Smith,” the former England captain said.
“Now they’ve got Warner and Smith back and they’ve found Marnus Labuschagne. Now, they’re three huge blocks that they didn’t have last summer.
“Teams coming to Australia now over the course of the next two or three years, I only see India as a potential chance of coming next summer and beating them.”
Vaughan said Justin Langer’s side still isn’t without its weaknesses. He believes its batting is still vulnerable in swinging and seaming conditions – as proven by this year’s Ashes in which only Smith and Labuschagne averaged more than 35.
Nonetheless, Vaughan said those bowler-friendly conditions would prove to be a blessing in disguise for Australia.
“If the ball moves around the (Australian) batting can still be a bit vulnerable, but if the ball moves around the Australian attack is going to be formidable,” he said.
“On these (Australian) wickets, I think Warner, Smith, Labuschagne - those three that we didn’t see (last summer) – it’s potentially 400 runs a Test match.
“That’s what you’re talking about with those three players in Australian conditions. You would argue that those three will get 300-400 runs every single Test match across the two innings, and that’s a lot of runs.”
That estimate is conservative when compared to what the batting trio has made this summer. In two Test innings, it has scored 876 runs - and that’s with Smith well below his normal production.
England, meanwhile, is battling to save face in New Zealand where it lost the first Test by an innings and 65 runs. A double century from Joe Root and a ton from Rory Burns has all but assured it will draw the second Test in Hamilton.
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