Michael Vaughan lauds New Zealand's aggressive approach
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was all praise for New Zealand's refreshingly positive attitude during the ongoing Headingley Test.
Vaughan believes that this intent shown by Brendon McCullum’s men will help to preserve entertainment in Test match cricket.
Dwelling further on New Zealand’s strategies, Vaughan believes that aggressive mentality helps McCullum’s men to be efficient in the longer version of the game.
“New Zealand have just realised the best way to get the most out of their players is to give them the freedom to play their natural game,” said Vaughan
“If they try to sit in and play attritional cricket it hinders their players' attacking instincts and will end in failure.”
New Zealand have gone through an excellent streak over the last 18 months without having lost a Test series.
Vaughan opined that New Zealand have done well to disintegrate the five-day format into small parts to employ their shorter-format skills in a very effective manner.
"They have realised their players are geared more towards the shorter format of the game.
“They are playing one-day cricket over five days.”
With New Zealand achieving success due to their positive approach, Vaughan urged other teams to take a leaf out of their book.
"I think it is a really good model for other teams who excel at one-day cricket, particularly with the bat, but struggle in tests.
“Teams such as West Indies and India should be watching this New Zealand side and taking the hint."
Despite being marred by weather in the ongoing Test, New Zealand’s excellent scoring rate in both innings leaves them with a bright chance of leveling the series.
Vaughan feels that this kind of positive scoring rate is the future of Test match cricket with more results likely to be made with such an attitude to the game.
"I think four an over will become the norm in test cricket in a year or two and in five years' time we could be up to five an over once more teams start playing like New Zealand.
“It is the saving of test cricket."
New Zealand need to pick up 10 wickets on the final day after having declared with a massive lead of 454 before lunch on the fourth day.
However rain ruined almost whole of the penultimate day’s play with England reaching 44 without losing a wicket.
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