England are being “too nice” and need to “get nasty” against Australia in the Boxing Day Test to fight back in the ongoing Ashes series, feels former skipper Michael Vaughan.
England suffered heavy defeats in the first two Tests to be down 0-2 in the five-match series.
“It’s too nice,” Vaughan, who led England to 26 wins in 51 Tests, including the 2005 Ashes, said on Fox Cricket’s Follow-On podcast.
“I see on the morning of the game they are all talking to Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. I never had a conversation with Steve Waugh back in the day. I wouldn’t have dared go and speak to Glenn McGrath on the morning of the game or Shane Warne. You just didn’t.
“It’s all a bit friendly. I’d get nasty with them. They somehow need to find that on day one. Get into the scrap. Chirp, do whatever, just get into the scrap.”
Vaughan wants England to bring a change in their attitude on the field.
“They are at that stage now where they have to change something,” the 47-year-old Vaughan, who scored 5719 runs in 82 Tests, said.
“It might be that they all get nasty, get nasty with each other. They all fall out. Who cares, but then come out and show a bit of spirit I actually want to see a bit of mongrel in the England side.”