India labelled “useless” by Michael Vaughan after England win third Test

England levelled the Test series against India with a dominant win in the third Test by an innings and 76 runs

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has labelled India “useless” after they were beaten by an innings and 76 runs in the third Test at Headingley.

India were bowled out for just 78 in their first innings on day one and England then posted 432 in response.

After showing some fight on day three, Ollie Robinson sparked another dramatic collapse with the new ball on day four, taking 5-65 as England levelled the series.

Taking to Twitter, Vaughan was full of praise for England but highly critical of India, writing: “Fantastic ruthless performance from England .. that’s as good as it gets ..

“To do that after Lords shows great character which comes from the Skipper .. India !!!!! A few days to forget .. they really have been useless !!! #ENGvIND”

Speaking on BBC Test Match Special, Vaughan added: “It’s mental strength and character, Joe Root and Chris Silverwood have done a good job over the last few days.

“I never have any doubt about an England Test team when the ball’s moving about like it did on the first day, but they’ve got to back it up at The Oval.

“England needed to win the first session here after Lord’s, India will need to come back fighting and win that first session at The Oval to get their juices flowing.”

Reflecting on the defeat, India’s captain Virat Kohli called England’s bowlers “outstanding” and admitted that the “pressure was relentless and difficult to deal with”.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “We knew we were always up against it when you are all out for 78 and the opposition then puts such a big score on the board.

India’s captain Virat Kohli



“I think we did really well to stay in the moment yesterday and get a few crucial partnerships but I think the pressure from the English bowlers was outstanding today.

“Their discipline forced us to make a few mistakes. The pressure was relentless and difficult to deal with. The batting order crumbled.

“We were just not on the money in this game and England were. They are a quality side and deserved to win.”

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