Former captain Michael Vaughan says “Test cricket is dead” if England relaxation and rotate gamers within the Ashes.
Under England’s rotation coverage, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood missed elements of the winter collection in Sri Lanka and India.
“If they need rest, you get it before the Ashes,” stated Vaughan.
“Test match cricket is becoming a joke if that happens.”
Speaking on The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show, Vaughan added: “You make sure you get your best players available for every single Ashes Test match.”
England have opted to relaxation gamers in an effort to handle their workload, with 16 or 17 Tests and a Twenty20 World Cup being performed in 2021.
“If you said to me that Jos Buttler is struggling and may only be able to play one of those, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes, I’d hate to think the Ashes comes second,” Vaughan stated.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler returned house after England received the primary Test towards India in Chennai, lacking the remaining matches within the 3-1 collection loss.
All-rounder Moeen Ali performed in simply the second Test towards India, having missed the Sri Lanka collection and first Test after contracting coronavirus, earlier than flying again to England.
“England have got a magnificent squad of white-ball players but they don’t have a magnificent squad of Test match players, that’s a fact,” Vaughan stated.
“They don’t have a good enough batting unit to swap and change, manoeuvre the order.”
Several England gamers – together with Stokes, Buttler, Archer, Moeen, Curran and Bairstow – are additionally set to play within the Indian Premier League (IPL) which begins on 9 April, with the ultimate scheduled for 30 May.
Silverwood confirmed gamers may miss England’s first Test in a two-match collection towards New Zealand this summer season, which begins at Lord’s on 2 June, if they’re nonetheless concerned within the IPL.
“This is where it gets frustrating for England supporters, and many in the game, that these players will go and play in the full IPL,” Vaughan stated.
England additionally play a five-match house Test collection towards India this summer season, in addition to limited-overs collection towards Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“For seven Test matches in the summer, I just beg them to pick the best team they can,” Vaughan added.