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Former England captain Michael Vaughan jokingly says that Indian spinners tampered the ball

13.72K   //    19 Nov 2016, 16:30 IST
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Michael Vaughan led the England team to a famous Ashes win back in 2005

The Indians are in command in the on-going Test match in Vishakhapatnam, having dismissed the English team and holding a 200 hundred run lead after the first innings. After scoring loads of runs in the first test in Rajkot, the visitors struggled with the bat for the first time in the series.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted "I tell you what England will have to suck a lot of mints to get out of the this hole ..", referring to the incident involving Faf du Plessis, which landed the South African in trouble during their Test match against Australia.

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That was not all, Vaughan also tweeted

But, Vaughan was most likely accusing the Indians of ball tampering in jest.

A few days ago, South African captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty of breaching ICC’s code of conduct when he used a lolly (mint candy) to extract extra shine on the ball. The South Africans have already won the Test series against Australia 2-0 with the last encounter scheduled be played at the Adelaide Oval in a few days.

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Speaking to the BBC, Vaughan doubted England spinners’ ability to make the best use of the pitch at Vishakhapatnam and said that India has learned that they can put the English bowlers under pressure.

He said, "They have gone back to the Bangladesh mode of bowling too many short balls, too many full tosses. In these conditions, under pressure, can the spinners hold a length?"

"They did it in Rajkot, but there was a massive score on the board and they weren't under pressure. India have learned they can put England's spinners under more pressure,” Vaughan added.

The former English captain praised the batting of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, who put in a vital partnership when England were in deep trouble.

At the end of day 3, India are 98/3 in their second innings and have a comfortable 298 run lead.

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