England must not be afraid to lose Ashes, says Vaughan

London, June 24 (IANS) Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Wednesday said his countrymen should not be afraid of losing if they are to beat Australia and regain the Ashes.

England’s bid to avenge a 0-5 defeat in 2013-14 begins on 8 July in Cardiff.

“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,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by bbc.com.

“If they have any kind of worries or concerns, then they will get walloped.”

Alastair Cook’s side will take on Australia with new coach Trevor Bayliss in place after displaying a revamped positive approach in the Test and limited-overs series against New Zealand.

Vaughan, who led England to Ashes success in 2005, says he can see parallels between this summer and that successful campaign of 10 years ago.

“I can sense the country is really enjoying cricket and the way England are playing,” the 40-year-old said.

“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 hasn’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 has done it for long enough to trust themselves,” Vaughan concluded.

 

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