Former England Captain Advises Joe Root To Lie And Con His Squad To Prepare Them For Australia
The greatest rivalry in cricket will resume in November when England travels to Australia to play another ‘Ashes’ test series. Joe Root will captain England for the first time in an Ashes series and also for the first time in Australia. The Poms will leave for Australia sometime next week and they know they will be in for a hostile reception from the time they land on Australian soil.
England Start On The Back Foot
England knew that they would have to put their best playing eleven on the field if they were going to defeat the Aussies in their backyard. That will most likely not happen as England have lost all-rounder ‘Ben Stokes’ due to his off-field issues that have forced the England Cricket Board (ECB) to suspend him.
Stokes was the vice-captain and also one of the key members of the England side because he had the ability to change the game with both bat and ball. Stokes has the experience of playing an Ashes series in Australia and scored a magnificent century four years ago. England has also lost Toby Roland-Jones who would have played as the third fast bowler. Jones has done well for England at home and showed that he can also be handy with the bat.
England has also struggled to find a suitable and reliable opening partner for Alistair Cook and could have serious issues at the top of the order. Joe Root will have to lead England bravely forward knowing that these chinks in their armour are clearly visible to the Australians.
Michael Vaughn Encourages Root To Lie & Con
Former captain Michael Vaughn has the experience of winning an Ashes series against an Australian side that had Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. The current Australian side under Steve Smith is definitely not as threatening but can still be a handful at home.
Vaughn has encouraged Joe Root to lie and con his players into a false sense of belief so that they have the confidence to believe they are stronger than they really are in reality. Vaughn said that the biggest challenge facing Joe Root was in convincing his team that they can win in Australia.
He also pointed out that when Ben Stokes was in the team, England walked out on the field looking two inches taller because of the confidence he gave the rest of the players. The former captain advised Root to not adopt an approach of talking down to the Aussies and being ultra-aggressive as it could backfire.
Root has not come across as an aggressive captain in his short stint so far and without Stokes it is hard to imagine England having a go at the Aussies down under. There is a slim possibility that Stokes might be cleared by the ECB and could still play a part in the Ashes. Till then, Root might just have to take the advice of Michael Vaughn and con his players into thinking they are not just good enough but even better than the Aussies and can win the Ashes!