Eng vs Ind:  Michael Vaughan wants England to make a change to their X1 for Lord’s Test

Michael Vaughan

Former England skipper and expert Michael Vaughan suggested few changes in three Lions to make slight changes in their playing X1 in the second Test match that is all set to take place in 12th August 2021.

He suggested England team management to drop Zak Crawley at number 3rd position as he is struggling with his batting form and his recent debacle has come against India.

Crawley’s scores have been – 9, 8, 5, 13, 53, 0, 9, 5, 2, 2, 0, 17, 27, and 6, with the last two scores being from the first Test against India in Nottingham. Vaughan has suggested that England should bring in Haseeb Hameed, who was seen in good form with the bat in this summer’s county championship. Interestingly, Hameed also scored a century against the India XI in their warm-up match where he played for the Select County XI.

However, he believes that he must go to Australia for the upcoming  Ashes series and predicted that he can become a high-class player in years to come for Test cricket and asserted that Crawley has to play some other formats to improve his form and later he must be given a chance to play in the longest format of the game.

“Zak Crawley could be a high-class Test match player but he’s not got enough runs. I wouldn’t play Crawley at Lord’s but he could well go to Australia. He could suit going out of this environment for a while, play some different formats, iron out his technique. It could refresh him,” Michael Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.

“Dom Sibley has done enough to stay in the side but you wonder how much further he can progress. He just can’t go up through the gears and the bowlers are able to control him. I would bring in Haseeb Hameed for Zak Crawley. I’d also bring Dawid Malan in but he’s clearly not in England’s Test plans,” he further opined.

India and England are playing five-match Test series which will mark the resumption of the second cycle of the World Test Championship and India will be looking to win five-match series after 2007 as the last time Men in Blue won series against Three Lions 14 years back on English soil.