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Australia have”nullified” England’s momentum from Headingley on day one of their fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, ” says former aide Michael Vaughan.
Marnus Labuschagne and steve Smith hit fifties to steer the tourists on a day in Manchester to 170-3.
England had levelled the series at 1-1 with an astounding win in the third Test in Leeds.
“All this discussion of momentum is absolute nonsense involving matches,” Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.
“It does not exist – during games it may exist, but the moment a game finishes there isn’t any momentum to be gathered by either side.”
Stuart Broad struck early on to remove openers David Warner and Marcus Harris however Smith and Labuschagne reacted with a stand of 116.
“What Australia have done is they’ve nullified Headingley,” explained Vaughan.
“They have said ,’Headingley has been gonewe’ve got 170 on the board and when we’ve got another great day tomorrow, England have to bat very, very well in this Evaluation.'”
After Broad’s superb spell, England’s bowlers at times toiled in the winds down pace as he failed to regularly reach 90mph.
Vaughan said England didn’t bowl”on or about off stump” enough against an Australia line-up which has revealed weakness in this area this series.
“Against both batting units, if it’s possible to be consistent about that off stump, high in length, things will probably occur,” he clarified.
“I wonder whether England will realize thatjust as far as it has been demanding, they’ve potentially missed a huge opportunity.
“If the resistance bat and receive 300-plus, there aren’t many instances England can triumph.”
Australia batsman Labuschagne hit his fourth fifty until he was bowled by a superb delivery from Craig Overton that jagged in and flicked the top of off stump.
Labuschagne said that his side had talked about the way”momentum only things in case you let it to.”
“We have been getting too much ahead when we’ve been doing well and we have been getting too down when we’ve been performing badly,” he explained.
“That’s been the secret, to not let momentum take its program.”
Somerset seamer Overton, who is playing his first home Test after being preferred to Chris Woakes, stated England are”slightly behind” after day one.
“The conditions weren’t quite with us we’ll come back and try to get a couple of early ones and be back into the game,” he explained.
“I wouldn’t look much into Jofra being down on pace – he’ll be raring to go again, bowling as quick as he could and hopefully take a few wickets too.
“Smith is the significant one that we want to get. We are going to return with a positive mindset and attempt to catch him early.”
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