Vaughan slams India capitulation as 'pathetic'

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan was disgusted with the way India gave up the fight against England in the fourth Test in Manchester, losing within three days and by an innings and 52 runs.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was disgusted with the way India gave up the fight against England in the fourth Test in Manchester, losing within three days and by an innings and 52 runs.

England bowled India out for 152 and 161, with the visitors one eight for four at one stage in the first innings, and Vaughan felt they just gave up on day three when it looked like they'd lost momentum.

Vaughan told BBC Radio's Test Match Special on Saturday: "Brilliant from England. India, you can only describe their display today as pathetic.

"There was no movement through the air, a hint of spin, but not a great deal and they just lost their fight.

"As soon as (opener Gautam) Gambhir got out it was almost as if they dangled a white flag from the dressing-room and that is unacceptable from an international side."

The irony is that had India seen out the day, they could have salvaged a draw as days four and five were set for heavy rain, as the downpours on Sunday proved.

The former skipper went on to say that the fracas off the field regarding James Anderson and Ravi Jadeja had distracted India, especially as they continued to battle the decisions about punishments, rather than letting it all go.

He added: "If you look back to Lord's, I think India have been fighting too many battles off the pitch.

"You've got to remember to fight battles on the pitch and I have not seen any of that over that in the last two weeks."

England lead the series two one going into the fifth and final Test at The Oval, and have named an unchanged side for the London encounter.

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