‘Forget Bazball’: Michael Vaughan slams Joe Root’s aggressive approach vs India | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has advised Joe Root to adopt a sensible batting approach aligned with the game’s situation rather than falling for ‘bazball’ approach in the remaining three Test matches of the series against India.
Root was at the receiving end for his aggressive shot selection that forced him out early in the second innings of the Vizag Test as England failed to chase a 399-run target.
Root was dismissed for 16 off 10 deliveries after smashing two fours and a six in the second innings. In an attempt to clear the mid-wicket boundary off Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery, he edged the ball to the short third man and gave an easy catch to Axar Patel.

Vaughan instructed Root to bat like his old self and avoid adopting an aggressive stance.
“The batsmen look like they only have one way to play. They are in fifth gear from ball one. I don’t mind some of them playing like that because they are better at it. But Joe Root should forget it. He has 10,000 Test runs playing like Joe Root. He doesn’t need to be a Bazballer,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

Vaughan also backed Root for his batting skills against the spinners.
“It is time for someone in the management to put an arm around Joe and say, ‘Please just be yourself.” This is particularly important against spin. Along with Graham Gooch, Root is the best player of spin England has ever produced. To see him bat the way he did in the second innings, that’s not Root, and it’s not the way England are going to win in India, just gifting wickets away,” he added.
England will face India in the third Test, beginning on February 15 in Rajkot.

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