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Pataudi Trophy 2021: Is Ravichandran Ashwin the answer to India's tailender woes? Michael Vaughan comments

India suffered an embarrassing innings defeat to England in the third Test in Leeds, as the series is now levelled 1-1. With the visitor’s tail-end struggling, Michael Vaughan has hinted that Ashwin could be the solution.

Pataudi Trophy 2021: Is Ravichandran Ashwin the answer to India's tailender woes? Michael Vaughan comments-ayh
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Leeds, First Published Aug 29, 2021, 6:24 PM IST
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In the third Test at Headingley in Leeds, India suffered the hard fate as it succumbed to an innings and 76-run defeat to England. With the five-Test series now levelled at 1-1, both the teams are back to the starting point.

India was notable for its middle-order and lower-order collapse. Although India’s lower-order, especially Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, had saved the tail during the second Test at Lord’, resulting in India pulling off the win, it was not the case at Headingley.

Pataudi Trophy 2021: Is Ravichandran Ashwin the answer to India's tailender woes? Michael Vaughan comments-ayh

Analysing the same, former English skipper Michael Vaughan has said that the side cannot expect to have four rabbits from the eighth to 11th spot. It was also possible he implied that India’s tail is too long and asserted that the inclusion of veteran all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin could be the solution.

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“India, for whatever reason, did not have the determination and right mindset. They have been aggressive and confrontational, but when you do that, you have to deliver as well, and they did not. Surely, they have to pick Ravi Ashwin next week. You cannot have four rabbits from 8-11. The resistance at Lord’s lulled them into a false sense of security about their tail. In reality, they cannot have Mohammad Shami coming in at eight,” he wrote on his lengthy Facebook post.

He also pondered on the same by saying during BBC’s Test Match Special Podcast, “Ashwin has to come in ...They got away with it at Lord’s, you can’t have four rabbits at 8, 9, 10 and 11. Ashwin has to play. He has got 5 Test match hundreds. He has got 400 Test wickets. He has to come into this Test team. I would be staggered if R Ashwin is not on the team sheet on Thursday morning.”

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