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Ashes 2017-18: England have allowed Australia to grab the momentum, says former skipper Michael Vaughan

MICHAEL VAUGHAN says England blew their chances in the First Ashes Test with a key spell after lunch on the third day.

The former England captain, now a pundit for BT Sport, said that Alastair Cook’s team lost momentum by waiting too long to hand the ball back to Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Australia had been reeling in their first innings, before England took the ball away from their seamers.

Vaughan said: “You look at the game situation and at lunch Australia were seven wickets down.

“Came out after lunch, no Stuart Broad, no Jimmy Anderson for 40-odd minutes.

“Pat Cummins got in, Steve Smith created a bit of momentum.

 Former England skipper Michael Vaughan says England have handed the momentum to Australia

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan says England have handed the momentum to Australia
 Steve Smith scored 141 not out to swing momentum in Australia's favour

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Steve Smith scored 141 not out to swing momentum in Australia’s favour

“And whether England have got that completely tactically wrong…”

Smith ended up scoring 141 not out, with Australia building a narrow lead of 26 runs before England started their second innings.


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But the tourists ended the day on just 33-2, with Cook (seven) and James Vince (two) both out cheaply.

Vaughan added: “The keys to winning any big series is making sure you identify those key moments.

“What England have allowed… is to allow Australia to grab the momentum of the game.”



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