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Australia have”nullified” England’s momentum from Headingley on day one of their fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, states former priest Michael Vaughan.
Marnus Labuschagne and steve Smith hit fifties to direct the tourists to.
The series at 1-1 had levelled with an astounding one-wicket win in the third Test in Leeds.
“All this discussion of momentum is complete nonsense between games,” Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.
“It does not exist during matches it may exist, but the moment a game finishes there is no momentum to be accumulated by both sides.”
Stuart Broad struck early on to eliminate openers David Warner and Marcus Harris but Smith and Labuschagne responded with a rack of 116.
“What Australia do is they have nullified Headingley,” said Vaughan.
“They have said to themselves,’Headingley has been gonewe’ve got 170 already on the board and if we’ve got another good day tomorrow, England have to bat very, very well in this Test.'”
Following the superb early spell of Broad, England’s bowlers at times toiled using quick bowler Jofra Archer, from the winds down on pace as he neglected to regularly reach 90mph.
Vaughan stated England didn’t bowl”on or around off stump” enough from an Australia line-up which has revealed weakness in that region this series.
“Against both batting units, if you can be consistent about that off stump, full of span, things will occur,” he explained.
“I wonder whether England will realize that, as much as it has been demanding, they have possibly missed a significant opportunity.
“When the resistance bat and get 300-plus, there aren’t many instances England can triumph.”
Australia batsman Labuschagne struck his fourth successive fifty before he was bowled through an excellent delivery from Craig Overton that jagged in and flicked the very top of off stump.
Labuschagne said his side had talked about the way”momentum only matters if you permit this to.”
“We have not been getting too far ahead when we’ve been performing well and we have not been getting too down when we’ve been doing poorly,” he explained.
“That’s been the key, not to let momentum take its program.”
Somerset seamer Overton, who is playing his first home Test after being preferred to Chris Woakes, said England are”slightly behind” after one.
“The conditions weren’t very with us but we’ll come back tomorrow and attempt to find a couple of early ones also be right back in the game,” he said.
“I wouldn’t seem much into Jofra being down on pace – he will be raring to go back, bowling as quick as he could and take a few wickets also.
“Smith is the significant one which we would like to get. We are going to return with a positive attitude and try and catch him early.”
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