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Vaughan terms England batting collapse 'embarrassing', calls for change in mentality
Ireland tour of England 2019

Vaughan terms England batting collapse 'embarrassing', calls for change in mentality

Former captain Michael Vaughan labelled England’s batting collapse an "embarrassment" as the World Cup winners were skittled out for 85 in their one-off Test against Ireland.

England opted to bat first after winning the toss yet were unable to cope with the lateral movement as Tim Murtagh took 5-13.

"When the ball does anything you shut your eyes and hope England get through it," Vaughan told Test Match Special.

"There were some good balls but there was also some timid play and poor strokes."

"Let's be honest, it's an embarrassment -- you're at 'the home of cricket', in a Test against Ireland and you're all out for 85, there is no other word to describe it," the former Yorkshire batsman added.

England have now lost 10 wickets in a single session four times since 2016.

"All out for 85 against Ireland is probably the lowest of the low out of those," said Vaughan.

‘England have to change their mentality’

The Ireland match is England's last Test before they go head-to-head against Australia in the Ashes starting August 1.

"England have so much talent, they have got the game to be successful, but you worry about the mentality of the team when it becomes tricky and the ball moves around," said Vaughan.

"Unless they change their mentality when playing the moving ball, there are going to be many more days like this over the coming weeks.

"You wouldn't want to have third-day Test tickets for the Ashes."

But former England captain, Alastair Cook, said England are still in the game despite getting out on 85.

"If Ireland get a few early wickets in England's second innings the pressure will be really on them because then they really should win this Test," said Cook.

"England are still in this game, which is remarkable after getting bowled out for 85 batting first.

"They will have to bat very well now but anything over 160-170 will be incredibly hard for this Ireland side to chase."