Michael Vaughan criticized Australia’s skipper Tim Paine, saying that, as the leader, Paine should show some empathy for England skipper Joe Root. Very recently, Paine said that Joe Root may choose to miss out on the ashes if he is not comfortable with quarantine rules and bio-bubbles.
Paine’s comment on the participation of his England counterparts in Ashes 2021-22 has not been appreciated by the former England captain. Following doubts about England players traveling under strict Covid-19 protocols, the Australian had blurted out that the Ashes would continue with or without Root.
“The ashes go ahead. The first test is December 8, whether Joe is there or not, ”Paine had said on SEN sports radio.
Michael Vaughan reacted to the statement and said that Paine does not understand what Root has been through in recent years, as Paine has not taken his team on an overseas tour.
“As a Test Match captain, you have to show a little empathy. In the past two years, he has not taken his team abroad. He has not had to go through what these England players have gone through. He hasn’t been through what Joe Root has been through. Play only one format of the game. I think it showed a bit of a lack of class, ”Michael Vaughan told ABC Sports.
Vaughan further added that Paine’s comments must not have been well received by the players.
“I don’t think that has gone well with the players. There is great respect between the two parties. And in particular, whoever is captain of an international team, I personally think he didn’t need to say what he said, ”added Vaughan.
Meanwhile, on Friday the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) ‘conditionally’ approved player participation in the Australian series. They have told Cricket Australia (CA) that players will travel to Australia only if their conditions are met.
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