Ahead of Ashes, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has asked Joe Root-led England team to take a leaf out of what India have done in Australia last winter.
Australia is a good team in their backyard but India’s 2-1 win for the Border Gavaskar Trophy in January this year proved that the hosts can be defeated.
“We cannot have rotation like we did in India. That will not work in Australia, they will be hammered if that happens. Look at India in Australia last winter. They had a lot of injuries and lost players at crucial times but because they were a strong, committed group of players they defeated Australia. Australia are a good side in their own conditions but India proved they are beatable,” wrote Vaughan in his column for The Telegraph on Sunday.
Vaughan believed that England players can have the restrictions eased once they are done with the mandatory quarantine. “Once they decide to go to Australia, the players will be within their rights to ask for easier restrictions when they have completed their quarantine. The last thing they should agree to is to have strict restrictions imposed on them once they are through the quarantine period, especially when they are fully vaccinated. It would not be fair. But if they are given guarantees that they can live a normal life once out of quarantine then what they decide will tell me a lot about the state of the game.”
India won the series vs Australia last winter 2-1 with in the absence of big names.
The high-profile Ashes will start from December 8.