By India Today Sports Desk: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that he cannot recollect pacer James Anderson not taking the second new ball in England, following their two-wicket loss at the hands of Australia at Edgbaston.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Vaughan said he cannot recollect that last time Anderson did not take the second new ball in English conditions. Australia chased down 174 runs on Day 5 to win the first Ashes 2023 Test with just 27 balls and two wickets remaining.
“Jimmy Anderson not bowling with the second new ball. I don’t recollect Jimmy Anderson never taking the second new ball in English conditions. It was crying out, the lights were on. You just felt, go on Jimmy and Broady - dead easy, nice and straight to Nathan Lyon. He’s going to play across the line off one,” said Vaughan.
He went on to say that the win at Edgbaston was huge for Australia, adding that it was a special five days of Test cricket. Australia captain Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon formed an unbeaten 55-run stand to guide them to a dramatic win on the final day. Cummins remained unbeaten on 44 off 73 balls, and was ably supported by Lyon, who chipped in with 16 runs off 28 deliveries.
“That was a special five days. The end of the game always creates that tension, but throughout every single day that we have seen, two teams playing contrasting styles - the Aussies playing a safer game or traditional one and England playing a game that’s very expansive. For the Aussies to get that win, that is huge for them,” Vaughan added.
With this win, Australia took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes 2023 series with the next match set to be played at Lord’s on June 28.