ENG vs NZ: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has criticized the recent England side selection. The Three Lions squad was picked for the upcoming home Test series against New Zealand. Furthermore, England will be led by new head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.
The England Test team are all set after making the switch from Joe Root to Ben Stokes. Rob Key was appointed managing director of men’s cricket, and the latter was selected, as captain. They are also seeking to break a 17-match losing streak in Test cricket. To achieve outcomes, the team must function as a unit. It is critical to developing trust and team chemistry in order to do so.
The seasoned pace combo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad makes a return to the newly customized England lineup. After being dropped for the West Indies tour earlier this year, they will be reinstated. Between them, the two veterans have an astounding 1177 Test wickets. Harry Brook and Matty Potts, both uncapped, were also named in the 15-man squad.
Vaughan, on the other hand, has called the squad pick “a little bit disappointing.” He was particularly surprised by the absence of leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.
Vaughan Slams New England Test Coach McCullum and Skipper Ben Stokes
ENG VS NZ: “The first Test squad named by Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes is a little bit disappointing,” Vaughan wrote in his current Telegraph piece. He further stated that he understands the unavailability of a few players due to injury. However, Vaughan feels that the attack lacks variety.
The 47-year-old expressed his surprise at the fact that Matt Parkinson wasn’t picked. In his own words, he did everything to warrant a place. Jack Leach, according to Vaughan, is a player with undeniably huge potential. The former England skipper believes Leach gives his everything with the bat and ball.
He also talked about the need to have depth in the attack. Vaughan further gave an example of the pitch conditions in County cricket over the summer. When the ball isn’t moving around, you need to do something different, according to him.
“For that reason, I expected Rob Key and McCullum to go right to the leg spinner. It’s an early hint that managerial individuals may have changed, but their thinking remains the same. They’ve chosen an English-style attack,” Vaughan further added.
ENG vs NZ: Michael Vaughan Criticizes Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Pope’s Selection
ENG vs NZ: Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Pope should’ve been left out of England’s team, according to Vaughan. He backed up his argument by citing their limitations against the moving ball.
He did, however, suggest that England give Matty Potts a Test debut. According to him, the Durham player has that little bit of additional pace. This is owing to injuries to players such as Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, and Saqib Mahmood.