A hostile bowling performance from England pacers restricted Australia to 223 all out despite a valiant 85 from Steve Smith in the second World Cup semifinal on Thursday.
England came in to bat and the openers looked in the form of their lives. Jonny Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy built a solid partnership before Mitchell Starc got Bairstow and gave hope to Australia.
The Australian bowlers looked helpless as the English openers were hitting them left, right and center. Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to take a dig on the Australian bowlers.
Here’s what he tweeted:
The Aussies should try bowling in Barefoot !!!! 😜 #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 11, 2019
Vaughan who has been as irritable for the fans as Sanjay Manjrekar has been very cheeky with his comments throughout the World Cup. To Vaughan’s tweet, former Left-handed batsman Adam Gilchrist had a short, simple, not so sweet and to the point reply. Gilly called Vaughan an ‘Idiot’.
Idiot https://t.co/FMbfyLwh3z— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) July 11, 2019
Michael Vaughan’s cheeky remark in all possibility came from Australia's pre-match team bonding activity.
The Australian Cricket Team walked barefoot on the Edgbaston pitch on Monday in an unusual team bonding session in the build-up to their World Cup semi-final against England on Thursday. Aaron Finch and Co. began their training session at Birmingham venue for Thursday's England showdown by discarding their socks and trainers.
The World Cup holders then took a walk across the playing surface and sat for more than half-an-hour in the same state as they took it in turns to talk to each other about their emotions ahead of the final week of the tournament.
Getting a feel for the Edgbaston surface 🦶🏼#CmonAussie#AUSvENG#CWC19pic.twitter.com/azlVuluil4— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 8, 2019
The move was inspired by Australia head coach Justin Langer, who last year described himself as "a bit of a hippy", spending a month a year growing out his beard and walking barefoot.
The team that wins today will face New Zealand in the World Cup finals on 14 July at Lord's Cricket Ground, England.