Sanjay Manjrekar and Michael Vaughan continue to argue over England's Test team selection

Sanjay Manjrekar and Michael Vaughan continue to argue over England’s Test team selection

The duo was involved in a heated banter during the WI-ENG Test match as well.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan took a sly dig at Sanjay Manjrekar after the latter criticised Trevor Bayliss’ comments on Sam Curran’s performance in the first Test against the Windies. England suffered a humiliating loss in the series-opener in the Caribbeans with the hosts winning the game by 381 runs. They suffered inexplicable batting collapses in both the innings, getting all out for 77 and 246 in the first and second innings respectively.

The England team-management had also faced the flak for selecting Sam Curran over Stuart Broad in the playing XI. Following the game, their head coach Bayliss had defended the move by saying that Curran had endured the “first bad game” of his career. Curran picked one wicket and scored 31 runs across two innings. He batted at No.9 in both innings of the first Test against West Indies and scored 14 and 17.

“It was down to Curran and Broad [for the final seamer]. Our gut feel was Curran as he has done well for us over the last six or seven games. It didn’t work out like that, the young bloke has had his first bad Test in his career. It won’t be his last but he’s a good young player who will learn from it,” Bayliss had said after the game.

However, Bayliss’ explanation did not go down too well with Manjrekar. The former India batsman, known for his outspoken nature, took to Twitter to point out England’s flawed approach by citing out Bayliss’ observation on Curran’s performance.

“Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England. #ENGvWI,” wrote Manjrekar.

Vaughan responds

Sanjay Manjrekar, however, soon found himself on the receiving end as Vaughan took a sly dig at him. The Ashes-winning skipper was quick to quote Manjrekar’s tweet and reminded him of Curran’s starring performance in England‘s 4-1 win over India last summer. Curran had impressed with both bat and ball, earning the Player of the Series award and helping his team upset the world number one Test side.

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