ENG vs IND: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Rory Burns for missing chances in the slips

ENG vs IND: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Rory Burns for missing chances in the slips

There were a few misses by England in the slips but the shots were fired at Rory Burns specifically by Michael Vaughan.

Rory Burns
Rory Burns. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In the ongoing Test match between England and India at The Oval in London, a lot of things have gone in favor of the hosts. What should also please the team management has to be the fact that the English team has done well. However, there has been one department in which they haven’t had a lot of success and that is slip catching. 

As of day three, post-lunch session, England had dropped/missed as many as six catches in the slips cordon. With the ball experiencing a little late swing and movement in the air at The Oval, it should be noted that the catching in the slips has been a bit tough. Former England captain Michael Vaughan still decided to take a dig at Rory Burns, who was the culprit of a few dropped or missed chances at the slips.

There were a total of four dropped chances in the first innings of India, while late on day two, England saw another dropped chance. As the Indian openers came out to bat in the second innings, in the very third over, there was a lapse in concentration by Rory Burns. Rohit Sharma edged a ball from James Anderson to the slip.

England weakness in the slips was criticized by commentators as well

As it went quickly to Burns, who was standing at the third slip position, the ball died down and went and hit his boots. As the ball went past him, he almost pretended as if he didn’t see the ball coming at him. To make things worse for him, Burns ended up dropping another catch in the morning session of day three.

After this chance, Vaughan posted a tweet saying that he would send an invite to Burns and ask him to join his fielding lessons. “Rory Burns will receive an invite this evening to my fielding academy,” the former England skipper wrote on Twitter. Some of these chances were tough to get a hold of, but there were some commentators on air who were heard criticizing the movements of the fielders in the slip cordons or the gap between two fielders.