Cook must think how to guide 'hapless' England to victory: Vaughan
Former skipper Michael Vaughan has said that Alastair Cook will have think how to guide his team to victory over Australia and analyse every decision that he made during the last 10 overs of Australia's innings, as England lost a match that they should have won 99 times out of 100.
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner carried his team to a heart-stopping one-wicket victory over England in the second ODI at Brisbane.
Left with No. 11 Clint McKay for company and 57 runs still needed, Faulkner (69 not out) hit 12 from the final over and calmly closed out the match with three consecutive boundaries in the final over to leave England shattered and leading Australia to 301 at the loss of nine wickets and ruling the series 2-0.
Reports mentioned that Faulkner's unbeaten 69 at the Gabba was the third-highest score by a No. 9 in ODIs and his stand with McKay was the second-highest tenth-wicket partnership to win a match.
Writing for The Telegraph, Vaughan said the skills of the England bowlers were not good enough, particularly in the last two or three overs, adding that bowling in death overs has been a problem for England for a while, not just in this series.
He said they did not bowl enough slow bouncers or yorkers outside off stump to protect the short leg-side boundary and ended up bowling length balls to Faulkner.
Vaughan said as captain you get plaudits when things go well, but you also have to take the criticism when things go wrong.
(Posted on 18-01-2014)
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