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Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael Vaughan

first_imgAshes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanMichael Vaughan has come down hard on England fast bowler James Anderson for suggesting that it would suit the team’s interests better to have pitches prepared which help the home side more than the visitors.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 10:44 IST Anderson and Vaughan in a file photo (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSJames Anderson wants pitches in England to be better suited for the home attackMichael Vaughan has dismissed the notion by calling it part of a ‘cycle of excuses’Visitors Australia have retained the Ashes following a win in the 4th Test at Old TraffordFormer England captain Michael Vaughan has said that English cricket is stuck in ‘a circle of excuses’ after the hosts failed to stop Australia from retaining the Ashes after a long gap of 18 years. England are trailing 1-2 in the ongoing Ashes with the 5th and final Test due to start at The Oval on Thursday.Vaughan was referring to comments made by some English players – both past and present – including their highest Test wicket-taker James Anderson, who suggested that the pitches on offer during the Ashes have suited the visitors more than the hosts. Vaughan attacked this perception in a column for The Telegraph.”We always go through a cycle in English cricket when we win or lose. When we lose at home it’s because the pitches have been too flat and have not assisted our bowlers. When we win a series at home it is because we are really good and have played brilliant cricket,” wrote Vaughan.”When we lose a series away it is because the pitches at home offer too much assistance to bowlers and we cannot produce batsmen who can bat for long periods of time. It is just one big circle of excuses.”When our greatest ever bowler, James Anderson, said this week he was disappointed the pitches have not helped us more in this Ashes series it showed the cycle had started up again.”If we want to produce cricketers who can play the relentless style of cricket then we cannot be complaining about the pitches and the ball not swinging enough,” Vaughan wrote.advertisementWhile England have failed to win an overseas Test series since beating South Africa 2-1 in 2015-16, their record at home has been better with Sri Lanka being the last team to beat them in 2014.Anderson, while citing the examples of India, Australia and Sri Lanka, had complained that it might serve England interests better if the pitches at home were more biased towards the hosts.”When you go to Australia, go to India, go to Sri Lanka – they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team,” he had said earlier.Whatever the pitch turns out to be at The Oval, one thing is for sure: Australia are going home with the coveted urn.Also Read | Ashes 2019: England bring in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes for 5th TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Justin Langer backs ‘world class’ David Warner to come good at The OvalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Michael VaughanFollow James Anderson Nextlast_img read more

We could end up in a Dublin without a Dublin Bus says

first_imgDUBLIN BUS HAS endorsed an independent report into Dublin Bus’ future which warns against future strike action.The 22-page report was carried out by former union official Noel Dowling and management consultant Ultan Courtney.ReccomendationsThe Irish Congress of Trade Unions and employers body Ibec asked them to look at the Labour Court recommendations about cost-saving proposals for Dublin Bus, which have been rejected by bus workers.Dublin Bus has backed the new plan to cut costs and it will be voted on next week.Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme today Noel Dowling said that the report to investigate the Labour Court’s recommendations is “trying to prevent the destruction of a good company that employs 3,000 people,” adding that they want to preserve the livelihood of bus drivers.We are “trying to see if we can make the Labour Court recommendations more palatable to the drivers in terms of how they are operated… “.The report also finds that there is a lot of mistrust in the company between management and drivers, as, in the past, when cuts have been agreed on by drivers, often times management makes further cuts.Company in troubleDowling said he could not hammer home the seriousness of the situation with Dublin Bus, stating: … over three or four years the company has accumulated a deficit of €52 million. It is burning off its cash reserves and is at the end of its banking facility… I couldn’t overestimate the critical nature of this …He said that the situation with Dublin Bus was “extremely worrying” adding that the situation “is so bad that we could end up in a Dublin without a Dublin bus”.Read: Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contracts>Read: Some Dublin Bus workers accept Labour Court proposals…>last_img read more