Vaughan slams deteriorating pitch in India after England collapse

‘It’s a stinker!’: Michael Vaughan slams the state of India’s pitch in Chennai as England are torn apart by the hosts’ attack… as Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen also weigh in on the conditions

  • England suffered a batting collapse on day two of second Test against India
  • As Chennai pitch deteriorated early, India’s bowlers took full advantage 
  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel left England’s top and middle order ruined
  • Various former England players blasted the pitch conditions in Chennai
  • Michael Vaughan complained the pitch was ‘doing too much too soon’  

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook have slammed the pitch in Chennai as India dominated the second Test.

With the rapidly-deteriorating day two pitch causing the ball to spit and turn all over the place, England’s top and middle order collapsed to leave them 106 for eight at tea after India posted 329.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were the chief beneficiaries as India put themselves into a very strong position to level the series at 1-1.

India’s bowlers dominated the second day against England on a rapidly-deteriorating wicket

England’s top and middle order collapsed as India took advantage of the turning wicket

And the pitch conditions didn’t meet with the approval of Vaughan, who described it as ‘a stinker for Test cricket’ as the wickets tumbled.

Speaking on the BBC’s Test Match Social, Vaughan said: ‘Clearly India have panicked after the first Test; they have picked two spinners and the pitch has exploded. It’s not a good Test match wicket.

‘England are trying to be busy and do the right things but it’s very difficult on this kind of surface.

‘The pitch is a stinker for Test cricket. I think spin is great entertainment for the game but I think this pitch has done too much too soon.’

England’s 2005 Ashes hero Vaughan also got into an argument with Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Twitter over the pitch after India’s decision to bat first after winning the toss paid dividends.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan and Australian spin legend Shane Warne clashed on Twitter after Vaughan called the Chennai pitch a ‘stinker for Test cricket’

Vaughan pointed out the contrast in the Chennai wicket between the first and second Tests

Vaughan had tweeted: ‘It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this pitch is a shocker… No making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared pitch.’

Warne responded: ‘The toss was more important to win in the 1st test than this one, as it did nothing the 1st 2 days. Then exploded.

‘This one has been a turner from ball one. Eng should’ve bowled India out for 220. No different between spinning or seaming & Rohit [Sharma] showed how to play on this surface.’

Vaughan disagreed with Warne and replied: ‘It didn’t do anywhere near as much for 2 sessions… Spun but not like what it’s doing now… India would have drawn the first Test if they had batted anything like in the 1st innings… This isn’t a good Test match pitch.’

Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of England opener Rory Burns to spark the collapse

India had England four wickets down by lunch as they seized control of the second Test

And the damage continued in the afternoon session as England battled to avoid the follow-on 

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was also critical of the pitch conditions in Chennai 

The first Test, just last week and on the same ground, went five days with England winning by 227 runs after posting a huge first innings total of 578 having won the toss.

But the pitch for the second Test has quickly deteriorated, causing an English collapse after India had been bowled out for 329 on the second morning.

Cook, also speaking on Test Match Social, said: ‘I have no problem with a pitch ragging from day one if it is consistent spin. This is not consistent spin. It is not skill of a bowler.’

And former England batsman Kevin Pietersen also suggested that India had panicked after the first Test defeat.

He tweeted: ‘Such a brave wicket to prepare for a Test match IN India when India are down in the series. If India had lost the toss, they’d have gone down 2-0. Very very brave! Well tossed, @imVkohli.’

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