Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan has hit out at injured quick James Anderson for falling into the “big circle of excuses” after failing to win back the urn against Australia.
Anderson took aim at the pitches this series for not favouring the home team, but rather leaning towards the Aussie quicks and batsman.
The pitches have been generally flatter than usual from the opening day of the four Tests, which was evident when Australia scored close to 500 in the first innings at Old Trafford to set up the win.
Despite the more favourable batting pitches, overcast conditions has made batting particularly difficult and bowlers have dominated the series.
Nevertheless, Anderson said he wanted more grass on the pitch to favour the home side’s bowlers.
But Vaughan shut down the critique in a column for The Telegraph in the UK as just another excuse that becomes routine when England fail to regain the Ashes.
“When we lose at home it’s because the pitches have been too flat and have not assisted our bowlers. When we win a series at home it is because we are really good and have played brilliant cricket,” Vaughan said in the column.
“When we lose a series away it is because the pitches at home offer too much assistance to bowlers and we cannot produce batsmen who can bat for long periods of time. It is just one big circle of excuses.
“When our greatest ever bowler, James Anderson, said this week he was disappointed the pitches have not helped us more in this Ashes series it showed the cycle had started up again.”
Australia is looking to become the first touring team since Sri Lanka in 2014 to win a series in England.
Anderson major Ashes gripe
Anderson, the most prolific seam bowler in Test history with 575 scalps, feels his fellow pacemen haven't enjoyed true home-ground advantage.
"When you go to Australia, go to India, go to Sri Lanka - they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team," he said.
"We go to Australia and get pitches that suit them.
"They come over here and get pitches that suit them. It doesn't seem quite right. I think they've probably suited Australia more than us."