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Michael Vaughan: England looking fragile but Mohali pitch gives them hope

Jadeja's spin has caused the England batsmen all sorts of problems

"The pitch at Mohali should suit England; the ball will come on to the bat more easily and it should spin less, so - if they execute their skills properly - they should be able to post a decent total or chase one down."

India have won the last two ODIs at a canter after England's gremlins facing spin resurfaced, but the Mohali pitch should suit the tourists, says Michael Vaughan

It was another flat performance from England in the third ODI. When you lose a game and your batting fails it can be a rut that's hard to get out of, especially on the sub-continent.

England actually got a decent start, but the worrying thing was that the spin gremlins resurfaced. Jadeja caused them all sorts of problems, without really doing too much with the ball. It was England failing on the mental side of the game again.

Don't get me wrong, Jadeja is a canny bowler with decent variation and a good cricket brain, but the batsmen were just missing straight ones. This is what happens when your brain is scrambled.

Having said England got a decent start; they didn't build on it at all. If you make a slow start, one of the top three needs to stick around and make a ton. To make a slow 30 or 40 and take up lots of balls is criminal in one-day cricket. As an opener, you either get your team off to a flyer or build a foundation so the middle order can bat around you.

The batting order is England's strength so to make 150-odd is simply not good enough. They are letting Ashley Giles down at the moment, by not competing.

No need for it to all be doom and gloom, however. The pitch at Mohali should suit England; the ball will come on to the bat more easily and it should spin less, so - if they execute their skills properly - they should be able to post a decent total or chase one down.

The sensible money would be with India at 1.625/8 but if England get off to a good start, then they are worth a punt. They're trading at 2.526/4 right now, but that price shouldn't come in too much after 10 or so overs.

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22 January 2013

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