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Michael Vaughan Surprised By England’s Test Squad Choices

Michael Vaughan Surprised By England’s Test Squad Choices

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan expressed a shock at England’s selected playing XI for the 1st Test against West Indies at Lord’s. Vaughan, talking on The Vaughany and Tuffers Podcast, pointed out two unique choices that stuck his attention: off-spinner Shoaib Bashir and wicketkeeper Jamie Smith.

Vaughan highlighted Bashir’s current stint on loan at Worcestershire, emphasizing that regardless of displaying stunning performance with 17 wickets in 3 Tests in opposition to India, he had been overshadowed by Jack Leach, who remained Somerset’s preferred spinner. This pass, in keeping with Vaughan, reflects England’s shift away from prioritizing county cricket performances of their choice method.

Additionally, Vaughan drew interest to the choice of Jamie Smith as wicketkeeper, noting that Ben Foakes, Surrey’s first-choice keeper, did no longer get the nod. This decision, Vaughan recommended, underscores a departure from traditional county cricket hierarchies in England’s team composition.

Vaughan said: “They are not looking at County cricket. They are just looking at the players. Bashir is not the first-choice spinner at Somerset, Jack Leach is. Ben Foakes is the first-choice keeper at Surrey and not Jamie Smith. England are picking players that aren’t first-choice at their counties. I don’t think they are looking at County cricket as a tool to say ‘You are an international cricketer.”

“Bashir over Jack Leach is an intriguing one. I would have gone for Jack Leach. Bashir is a wonderful talent and no doubt that in a two-man spin attack he would be the second spinner. But Jack Leach has earned the right for being England’s No.1. In Australia, a left-arm spinner against their right-handers, they haven’t got many left-handers. Left-arm spin is quite a good option in Australia.”

Vaughan was further puzzled about the selection to favour Bashir over Jack Leach, particularly in light of upcoming Ashes preparations. He referenced the fulfilment of left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in Australian conditions and argued that Leach, along with his revel in and skillset, might have been a greater suitable desire, aligning better with England captain Ben Stokes’ emphasis on Ashes readiness.

The England XI for the Test against West Indies: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (captain), Jamie Smith as wicketkeeper, Chris Woakes, Shoaib Bashir, Gus Atkinson, and James Anderson.

Vaughan’s analysis at the podcast meditated a concern over the balance among profitable county cricket performances and making strategic picks for destiny collection, specifically the approaching Ashes.

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