Michael Vaughan believes England should make four changes for the third Test against India after they were thrashed by 317 runs in Chennai last week.
Joe Root’s side completed a stunning 227-run victory in the series opener but were brought back down to earth in the second Test as they bowled out for 134 and 164 on a spin-friendly pitch.
The tourists will be looking to respond in the third Test – a day-night match in Ahmedabad, starting on February 24 – and have been urged to make a number of changes by former captain Vaughan.
The ex-England batsman has said he would be looking to bring in batsmen Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow for Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence, and bowlers Jofra Archer and Dom Bess for Stuart Broad and the absent Moeen Ali.
Surrey opener Burns missed last month’s tour of Sri Lanka due to paternity leave and has struggled in India, scoring 58 runs in four innings and falling for two ducks.
Lawrence, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka, has also underwhelmed against Virat Kohli’s side, with a top score of 26.
Kent’s Crawley scored a brilliant double century in a breakthrough innings against Pakistan last summer but struggled in Sri Lanka before missing the first two India Tests through injury.
Michael Vaughan’s England team for third India Test
Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, James Anderson
Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow looked in decent shape in Sri Lanka and, while he failed to pass 50, England may be tempted to draft in a player who is viewed as one of their best players against spin.
‘I would pick Crawley instead of Burns because [Ravichandran] Ashwin loves bowling at left-handers and I want to pack that top-four with right-handers,’ Vaughan said on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast.
‘I want four right-handers at the top of the order to try and nullify Ashwin. He’s brilliant against both but he has left-handers on toast. So I would go with Crawley instead of Burns at the top of the order.’
Bess will almost certainly be recalled by England, with his replacement in the second Test, Moeen, now returning home as part of the ECB’s rotation policy.
Fast bowler Archer could also come back into the side, although will have to prove his fitness in the following days after being ruled out of the second match.
Asked whether he would be tempted to pick both Broad and James Anderson given seam bowling often comes to the fore in pink-ball Tests, Vaughan added: ‘I don’t think so, I think Jofra Archer plays if he’s fit.
‘If he’s ready to bowl with the venom he did in the first Test, he plays because England need that point of difference. Olly Stone bowled really well too so he could also come into the equation.’
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