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Australia have”nullified” England’s momentum from Headingley daily one of their fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, says former aide Michael Vaughan.
Marnus Labuschagne and steve Smith hit fifties to guide the tourists to a rain-shortened day in Manchester to 170-3.
England had levelled the show at 1-1 with an astounding one-wicket triumph in the next Test in Leeds.
“All this discussion of momentum is complete nonsense between matches,” Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.
“It doesn’t exist – during matches it may exist, but once a game finishes there is no momentum to be accumulated by either side.”
Stuart Broad struck on to remove openers David Warner and Marcus Harris but Smith and Labuschagne.
“What Australia do is they have nullified Headingley,” said Vaughan.
“They have said to themselves,’Headingley is gone, we’ve got 170 on the board and if we’ve got another fantastic day tomorrow, England have to bat really, very well in this Evaluation.'”
After the superb early spell of Broad, England’s bowlers occasionally toiled with fast bowler Jofra Archer, from the winds down pace as he neglected to regularly reach 90mph.
Vaughan said England didn’t bowl”on or around off stump” enough from an Australia line-up which has revealed weakness in this place this collection.
“Against both batting components, if you can be persistent about off that stump, high in length, things will happen,” he explained.
“I wonder whether England will realise that, as far as it’s been hard, they’ve potentially missed a major chance.
“When the resistance bat and get 300-plus, there are not many occasions England can win.”
Australia batsman Labuschagne struck his fourth fifty before he was bowled through an excellent delivery in Craig Overton that jagged in and flicked the top of off stump.
Labuschagne said his side had talked about how”momentum just matters in the event you allow it to.”
“We’ve not been getting too far ahead if we’ve been doing well and we have not been getting too down if we’ve been doing poorly,” he explained.
“That’s been the secret, to not let momentum take its course.”
Somerset seamer Overton, who is playing his first home Test after being favored to Chris Woakes, said England are”slightly behind” after one.
“The conditions were not quite with us we’ll come back tomorrow and attempt to obtain a couple of early ones also be back in the match,” he said.
“I would not seem much into Jofra being down on pace – he’ll be raring to go again, bowling as fast as he could and hopefully take a few wickets also.
“Smith is the significant one which we would like to get. We are going to come back with a positive mindset and try and make him early.”
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