Vaughan: England Must Not Be Afraid To Lose The Ashes 2015
Former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks England must not be afraid of losing, if they are to beat Australia and regain the Ashes.
England will look to avenge their 5-0 whitewash defeat in 2013-14 when the Test series gets under way at Cardiff on July 8 and Vaughan thinks that the hosts need to try and instill fear into the Australians if they are to succeed.
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Vaughan revealed his blueprint for an England success during a Test Match Special broadcast on BBC Radio 5.
He said: “They have to take Australia on with the mentality of ‘we don’t care about losing’ because that will make the Aussies fear them more.
“If they have any kind of worries or concerns, then they will get walloped.”
Alistair Cook’s side face Australia following a resurgent positive approach against New Zealand, in addition to new coach Trevor Bayliss being in charge, and Vaughan – who captained England’s 2005 Ashes triumph – also revealed that he can see similarities with this summer and the successful summer of 10 years ago.
Vaughan said: “I can sense the country is really enjoying cricket and the way England are playing.
“If England can play in the same spirit as we’ve seen in the ODI series, even though the Ashes are a different format, they have a chance of causing a shock.
“My concern is England haven’t played this way for long enough. In 2005 we played it for 18 months, it was embedded into our brains. I don’t know if this England have done it for long enough to trust themselves.”