Former England captain and batsman Michael Vaughan feels England need to make changes to the starting line-up as the current partnership does not work. He tended to bring back David Malan in play XI while Haseeb Hameed opens the bat.
For the fourth time in a row, English openers could not create a good platform for the team. They did not manage to keep the Indian new ball bowlers away; both are discharged for a duck in the fourth inning of the Lord’s Test.
Malan’s experience will definitely strengthen the batting line-up, Vaughan claims in his latest column for the Telegraph. Although Malan, the number 1 T20I batsman in the world, has not played red ball cricket in recent times, his technique is better than the current duo.
“I want a little more content and experience. I want to see David Malan at three. England cannot continue with the Rory Burns-Dom Sibley opening partnership after 10 ducks this year. This is the definition of insanity. It just does not work.”
“In total, 37 percent of their partnerships did not pass the second time this year. You can not go on with it, and England know it. I would give Hameed his rightful place to open Malan and throw in. They have three matches against India and then directly in an Ashes series,Said the former captain.
‘They need to find some spirit and faith’ – Michael Vaughan
The devastating loss at Lord’s will only further erode England’s confidence. Aside from Joe Root, the hosts had a proper batsman. The withdrawal of Ben Stokes before the Indian series only piled up misery for the English.
“They had one of the big ones to get them out of the hole in the last Ash Test at Headingley. They were taken out for 67, but Stokes played the biggest innings of all time.”
“They must find spirit and faith. It’s probably going to have to be Joe (Root) again. But how much did this defeat lose its energy?Ask Vaughan.
The onus rests again on England’s two best players, Root and James Anderson, to keep the English head above water. A defeat in the next Test at Headingley will likely mean curtains on England’s chances of returning in the series.