See why Michael Vaughan says India still isn’t a ‘great team’ in Tests

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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, heavily criticised Team India for their dismal performance against New Zealand in the ongoing test series – saying that the No.1 Test team needs to win games in England and New Zealand to be considered great! The first day of the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, saw the guests suffer yet again through the hands of speedster Kyle Jamieson, who picked up a five-for as India were bundled out for 242. Even though Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari fought valiantly with their half-centuries, the hosts dominated the day with some fine display of fast-bowling.

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After the end of the day’s play, the former England captain took to social media to dispraise the ‘Men in Blues’.  The 45-year-old claimed that the guests were taught a lesson by the Kiwis on how to play on such conditions.

“NZ giving India a lesson in how to play in conditions where the ball moves through the air … They can’t be regarded as a great team till they start winning in places like NZ & England ..” he tweeted.

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Asked to bat once again, India had to be patient while dealing with the swing bowlers, as rain played its part early in the morning. But Mayank Agawal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja, were all dismissed in single digits while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant could only manage 12 runs.

Virat Kohli’s rough-patch continued, this time with just 3 runs to his account; the skipper once again fell victim to Tim Southee who has now dismissed Kohli for a record 10th time in international cricket. Meanwhile, his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane looked poised to score big today, but it was Southee once again. This time a fantastic outswinger caught the Indian vice-captain by surprise as he was caught at the first slip with only seven runs to his name.

The three half centurions Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari helped their side cross the 200-run mark, however, the team lost their last six wickets for just 48 runs adding more salt to the injury.

At stumps New Zealand remain in a commanding position with 63/0 on board as openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell easily managed the Indian pace attack in the final session. The hosts will look forward to pile on the misery from the first ball tomorrow morning while India must come up with something really special.

 

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