Ashes 2023: "They’ll Be Playing Him Like A Spinner" - Michael Vaughan Feels England Batters Will Go All Out Against Scott Boland

Updated - 15 Apr 2024, 06:16 PM

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that England’s aggressive “Bazball” approach will work against Australian bowlers in the much-anticipated Ashes 2023 series at home. Michael Vaughan stated that will face Scott Boland with an aggressive style of play in the upcoming Ashes.

Scott Boland, who replaced Josh Hazlewood in the playing XI, picked up five wickets in the recently concluded World Test Championship (WTC) final against India in London. The right-arm pacer is expected to retain his place in the first Ashes Test following his impressive performances in the final.

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They Are A Relentless Bowling Unit – Michael Vaughan

Speaking to Fox Cricket, Michael Vaughan said that England’s batters will all-out against Scott Boland in the upcoming series.

“It (Bazball) has worked against most teams they have played. This Australian team are different though. They are a relentless bowling unit. But they’ll try and they’ll come out dancing. Scott Boland’s length, they’ll be playing him like a spinner. They will be,” Vaughan said.

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“They’ll be running down, they’ll be trying to get down outside off-stump, they know where he’s going to land it. They’ll be trying to whip it on the onside,” he added.

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Josh Hazlewood Is Going To Miss Out – Mark Waugh

Former Australian batter Mark Waugh believes Boland’s inclusion in the playing XI will add variety to the playing XI. Waugh predicted that Hazlewood would miss the first Test match.

“If you said this 12 months ago that Josh Hazlewood would be left out of the team, someone would think you’re mad. But I think it will happen that way. I think Boland has to play, Cummins has obviously got to play and Starc has got to play because he offers you pace through the air and variety,” Mark Waugh said.

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“You don’t want four tall, right-arm seam bowlers because you’ve got Cameron Green as well. So unfortunately I think Josh Hazlewood is going to miss out in the first Test,” he added.

England will host the five-match series in red-ball cricket, with the first Test scheduled to begin on June 16 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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