Darren Gough, the former England pacer, has likened the Indian team’s attitude to that of the Australian team of the 1990s, saying the team just want to win every single game.
India beat England by 10 wickets to take an unassailable lead in the four-match Test series, with a game to go. If India manage to avoid a loss in the last encounter, they will be booking a date for the World Test Championship final against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team.
That has become possible thanks to a domineering run over a course of time that saw a third-string Indian team beating Australia 2-1 in the latter’s own den to notch a historic win. Gough is pretty impressed by the dominance and likened the side to that of the Australian side in the 1990s.
“The mentality of this India now is like Australia in the 90s: get a team by the throat and win, win, win,” Gough told the PA news agency.
Gough livid by England’s T20 priority
England have applied the rest and rotate policy for the Test series against India and Sri Lanka while selecting all the first choice players for the T20I series, considering the T20 World Cup is slated at the back end of the year in India.
Gough stated that the team could have tried out the fringe players in the T20s to check the depth.
“This England team has been battered in back-to-back games now and it’s going to be very difficult to come back from that. You can imagine the mentality of some of the lads will be quite fragile,” Gough said.
“If I was Joe Root, I’d be livid. I feel for him because I believe one-day cricket has taken a high preference this time, just as he was getting something together with this team. Eoin Morgan has got his preferences over the Test side,” he said.
“I know we are building towards the T20 World Cup in India but our main players are settled, they don’t need to play every 50-over or 20-over game.
“For the T20 series we should have gone in with some fringe players and seen who was ready to push for that squad.”