Michael Vaughan Names England’s Playing XI For The Second Ashes Test
England suffered a humiliating defeat to go down in the five-match Ashes series against Australia at Edgbaston. The host will be desperate to square things as they gear up for the second Test starting from August 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. Meanwhile, former skipper Michael Vaughan has predicted three changes from the playing XI of the first Test.
Vaughan names his playing XI for the second Test
Joe Root & Co missed the service of James Anderson who was out of action owing to an injury bowling only four overs in the match. England missed him badly as comeback man Steve Smith struck centuries in both the innings to lead Australia to an emphatic win. The bowlers also backed the batsman along with Mathew Wade who played a blinder of an innings alongside Smith to help the visitors post a massive target which proved too much for England.
Michael Vaughan has backed the inclusion of young all-rounder Sam Curran in place of Joe Denly alongside Jofra Archer, who is all set to make his debut. Jack Leech is likely to make his way to the playing XI in place of struggling Moeen Ali, who was left out of the squad for the second Test. Moreover, Vaughan also promoted Ben Stokes in the batting order in order to straighten it.
“Sam Curran has to come in for Joe Denly. He offers another bowling option and England need as many choices as possible in a series like this because Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes have already bowled a lot of overs this summer. By adding Curran it will lessen their workload and I think he offers as many runs with the bat in two innings as Denly. Woakes has to play. He is like the joker at Lord’s. He always does well there,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
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England will have to make a strong comeback in the second Test if they have to restrict Australia’s barren run in the Ashes since 2001. The host will bank on debutant Jofra Archer to make things happen at Lord’s and help his side bounce back in the series.
Michael Vaughan’s playing XI:
Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.