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'I Love Bazball But…' - Michael Vaughan Issues Warning To England For Lord's Test

image-lj6xra8aBen Stokes' England are 0-1 down in Ashes 2023 (AP Photo)

Englands suffered a narrow two-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in the opening test match of the ongoing Ashes series. There's no denying that England's new approach of playing fearless cricket, going all berserk against their opposition, has resulted in considerable success in test cricket. However, it didn't work in their favour during the recent concluded Edgbaston Test. 

Speaking on the same, the former England captain Michael Vaughan expressed his admiration for England's new ‘Bazball’ approach and their fearless brand of cricket. Although he also emphasized the need for the Three Lions to be smarter on certain occasions. 

Speaking to Cricbuzz and quoted by Hindustan Times, Vaughan shared his insight on the second Test, scheduled to be played at Lord's, stating that both teams are expected to make slight changes. He further stated that he will be surprised if the hosts do not adopt a more cautious style of play. 

Here's what Michael Vaughan said:

"I think both teams will change slightly at Lord's. I think the Aussies won’t go as expansive in the first innings and spread the field. They'll squeeze a bit more. I'll be amazed if England don’t play just that little bit (cautiously)."

Additionally, Vaughan also believes that England missed an opportunity to fully exploit Australia's vulnerability in the opening Test at Birmingham and keep them under constant pressure.

"Bazball, I love. I love the energy and what it’s brought. It’s now about winning and being that little bit smarter. When you’ve got an Australian team on the back foot, you’ve got to drive it down and nail them down even more. England just didn’t do that."

The hosts were on the verge of a victory, with only two wickets remaining for them in the final session of the Edgbaston Test before Australia captain Pat Cummins, who stood firm on the final day of the match, smacked 44 runs to take his side over the finish line.