Michael Vaughan, former England captain, has asserted that Joe Root should put his put down and choose the best players for his Test team irrespective of England’s rotation policy, something which limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan does with his team.
Vaughan wrote in his column for the Telegraph England fielded a weak team as the management is focusing on the white-ball series against India and the upcoming T20 World Cup. This included sending back Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali after playing one Test match each and calling up Jonny Bairstow after two Test matches.
The Leadership Power Lies In English Cricket With Eoin Morgan And Not Joe Root: Michael Vaughan
Vaughan was not happy with the England team’s player rotation policy mentioning that it is benefitting the limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and not the Test captain Joe Root.
“It is very clear where the leadership power lies in English cricket – it is with Eoin Morgan and not Joe Root. I am pretty sure that Morgan went to the selectors and Ashley Giles and said he wanted his best team at all times this year in Twenty20, so he could build for the World Cup in India in October. He has his wish,” 2005 Ashes-winning captain Vaughan wrote.
India defeated England 3-1 in the four-Test series, despite England winning the first Test in Chennai by 227 runs, with Joe Root slamming a double-hundred in what was his 100th Test match. The visitors then went onto lose the next three Tests by 317 runs, 10 wickets, and an innings and 25 runs.
It Is Dangerous For So Much Power To Be Invested In One Person: Michael Vaughan
“I understand rotation. Nobody argues against the fact players need breaks from Covid bubbles but the frustration for me as a lover of the game’s longest format is why has our Test team been weakened this winter, yet the Twenty20 side is at full strength?” Vaughan said.
He also mentioned that Eoin Morgan is being given too much power and it can turn dangerous for England cricket and cause harm.
“But it is dangerous for so much power to be invested in one person because it is rare they see the bigger picture. As much as he is a brilliant captain, it is wrong for Morgan to always get what he wants because understandably he will prioritize what is good for his team. If England do not manage this situation differently in the future, and if I hear they have to rotate during the Ashes series, then I’m afraid we are in some dark days indeed,” Vaughan added.
India and England will clash again in a series of five Test matches in 2021, but this time in England.