Former England captain Michael Vaughan has an ill feeling about the rest and rotation policy that the team management has adopted going into the Ashes series of 2021-22. Several former cricketers from all countries have criticised England’s formula that was partially responsible for their recent Test series loss in India. Michael Vaughan said that England must ensure to play their best team in every Ashes Test match.
Under England’s rotation policy, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, James Anderson and Mark Wood missed parts of the winter tour, comprising of matches in India and Sri Lanka. With these players swapped in and out, England could not have their full-strength team against a tough Indian side. Nevertheless, coach Chris Silverwood has hinted at continuing the rotation policy for the Ashes series down under.
Michael Vaughan suggested that if England players need rest, they must have it before the Ashes since Test cricket will become a joke if such policy continues. The 46-year old advised his countrymen to make their best team available for regaining the urn in Australia. Vaughan stated that if Jos Buttler would be given the option of playing either T20 World Cup or Ashes, he wants the keeper-batsman to prioritize the latter.
“If they need rest, you get it before the Ashes. Test match cricket is becoming a joke if that happens. You make sure you get your best players available for every single Ashes Test match. If you said to me that Jos Buttler is struggling and may only be able to play one of those, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes, I’d hate to think the Ashes comes second,” Vaughan said as quoted by BBC Sport.
England don’t have a magnificent squad of red-ball players: Michael Vaughan
While the Ashes-winning skipper agrees that the Three Lions have an excellent white-ball setup, they do not possess a seasoned Test side. Thus, Vaughan feels that England cannot afford to swap, change or manoeuvre the line-up.
“England have got a magnificent squad of white-ball players but they don’t have a magnificent squad of Test match players, that’s a fact. They don’t have a good enough batting unit to swap and change, manoeuvre the order,” he added.