Dragging up ball-tampering scandal has shown there are cracks in Australia team: Michael Vaughan
The ball tampering case of Newlands has been regaining some heat and controversies in the past few days.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that the recent re-opening of the 2018 Cape Town Sandpaper failure means that still “there are cracks in the Australian team” that England can exploit in the Ashes later in the year.
The ball-tampering case of Newlands has been regaining some heat and controversies in the past few days. Cameron Bancroft, who was banned along with Steve Smith and David Warner has hinted that the 4 bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins were aware of the incident. Later on, Bancroft’s statement was followed by statements of all the 4 bowlers who unanimously denied any knowledge of the happening.
“Dragging up the ball-tampering scandal has shown there are cracks in the Australian team that could be exploited by England if they start the Ashes series well later this year,” Michael Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“David Warner, Steve Smith, and the bowlers are all under scrutiny again and it would only take a poor performance in the first Ashes Test for Australia for the pressure to mount. The captain, Tim Paine, is under the microscope after losing to India and while some think this could galvanize Australia, rarely are such public problems good for a team’s unity.
“It’s surprising that this has all resurfaced. But Cameron Bancroft obviously feels he was thrown under a bus. He is unlikely to play for Australia again and yet he sees Steve Smith and David Warner back in the fold.”
The former Aussie cricketer wrote further that Joe Root would surely look to take the advantage of the whole situation.
“Joe Root will be enjoying this and thinking it could help. He knows an argument or two in the opposing team is always good. But fundamentally England still has to play great cricket to win in Australia.
“They should not become distracted by Australia’s problems. Enjoy it in private, but rise above it in public. England has enough to worry about in their own backyard by making sure they arrive in Australia with a settled batting unit, a fit bowling attack, and a team that can ultimately win in those conditions.
“There are cracks in the England team as well and I see two sides that are quite similar. Both teams are quite vulnerable and that should make for a fascinating contest,” Michael Vaughan further stated.