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Michael Vaughan slams 'pathetic' India

The former England captain blasted India for their 'pathetic' display in losing the fourth Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 54 runs.

AFP |August 10, 2014, 9:30 AM IST
Michael Vaughan slams 'pathetic' India

Manchester: Former England captain Michael Vaughan blasted India for their "pathetic" display in losing the fourth Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 54 runs on Saturday.

India lost nine wickets after tea on the third day as they were bowled out for 161 and were in fact beaten in not much more than two days' actual playing time after rain cut short Friday's second day by several hours.

Their defeat was made all the worse by the fact Stuart Broad, named man-of-the-match for a return of six for 25 in India's meagre first innings 152, played no part at all in their second innings collapse.

Broad was off the field with a broken nose after being hit by a Varun Aaron bouncer while batting earlier Saturday.

Vaughan said India's resistance evaporated from the moment opener Gautam Gambhir (18) was dismissed shortly after tea to leave the tourists at 53 for 2.

"Brilliant from England," Vaughan told BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

"India, you can only describe their display today as pathetic," he added after England beat India inside three days in a Test for the first time since a 132-run success at Edgbaston in 1967.

"There was no movement through the air, a hint of spin, but not a great deal and they just lost their fight.

"As soon as Gambhir got out it was almost as if they dangled a white flag from the dressing-room and that is unacceptable from an international side."

Vaughan said India, who won the second Test at Lord's by 95 runs to go 1-0 up in the series, had paid a price for spending so much time trying to get England spearhead bowler James Anderson banned for allegedly abusing and pushing allrounder Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test in Nottingham.

"If you look back to Lord's, I think India have been fighting too many battles off the pitch," said Vaughan.

"You've got to remember to fight battles on the pitch and I have not seen any of that over that in the last two weeks."

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