Latest Cricket News: Former Captain Michael Vaughan has urged England to make two key changes to England’s Playing XI for the third Test against India.
Vaughan feels that going ahead with the opening combination of Rory Burns & Dom Sibley will be useless & urged England to move Haseeb Hameed to the top of the order & bring in experienced Dawid Malan to bat at No.3.
According to Michael Vaughan Rory Burns & Sibley opening the innings together “does not work”. He added that Malan, who has played 15 Tests for England, will bring some more “substance” and experience to the fragile batting order.
“I want a bit more substance and experience. I want to see Dawid Malan at three. England cannot keep going with the Rory Burns-Dom Sibley opening partnership after 10 ducks this year. It is the definition of insanity. It just does not work,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“In total, 37 percent of their partnerships this year have not gone past the second over. That is staggering. You can’t carry on with that and England knows it. I would give Hameed his rightful spot to open and throw in Malan. England now need a little bit of substance. They have three games against India then straight into an Ashes series.”
Dawid Malan who is the top-ranked T20I batsman in World Cricket has 724 runs registered on his name in the test cricket at an average of just under 28. He also scored six half-centuries & a century at Perth against Australia during the Ashes 2-17-2018.
Currently the top-ranked T20I batsman in the world, Dawid Malan has 724 runs to his name in the longest format at an average of just under 28. He has also scored six 50s and a hundred, which came at Perth against Australia during the 2017-18 Ashes. Malan last played test cricket during India’s previous tour of England in 2018. He was dismissed after scoring 28 runs in the first tets.
Michael Vaughan’s suggestion came after England’s humiliating defeat against India in the second Test at Lord’s. The hosts were looking in command of the second test heading into day five of the second test but eventually lost by 151 runs.
According to Michael Vaughan England need someone like Ben Stokes to pull them out of this disastrous situation. Vaughan feels that the onus again is on Joe Root but fears there might not be much left in the skipper after the grueling defeat.
“It is going to be so hard to recover without Stokes. They had one of the greats to get them out of a hole in the last Ashes Test at Headingley. They were bowled out for 67 but Stokes played the greatest innings of all time. Now there are signs this series could get very messy for England,” Vaughan continued.
“They have to find some spirit and belief. They have to hope someone turns up and does something like Stokes did two years ago. It will probably have to be Joe again. But how much has this defeat sapped his energy?” Michael Vaughan.
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