With just ten days before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, England still have some serious selection issues.
England’s vice-captain Ben Stokes is suspended by the ECB and is highly unlikely to participate in at least the first two Tests. While the team is already on its Australian tour for The Ashes, Stokes is at home, waiting to find out whether he will be charged.
This is related to the incident, which took place outside Bristol night club Mbargo on September 25. It left a 27-year-old man requiring hospital treatment for facial injuries and has put coach Trevor Bayliss in a tricky position.
As the countdown to the first Test continues, Michael Vaughan believes he has a solution for Stokes' absence. According to the former English captain, the tourists should turn to Craig Overton as his replacement in the XI.
Asked how England should deal without one of their best players, the batsmen turned pundit suggested shuffling around the batting line up.
"Move up Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes to No 8 and Craig Overton at No 9. He bats the best of the other seamers," Vaughan said, as per The Metro.
"It is important to pack the batting, England need 400 in the first innings, it is the only way they can compete."
"He bowls decent areas, he can smack a ball, he fields alright, he has a bit of fire in him. You need that in Australia."
Overton, despite his young age, is a key figure for Somerset County Cricket Club and has taken six wickets in the two warm-up matches played so far in Australia.
England already suffered a major blow after Steven Finn was ruled out with a serious knee injury. And although Finn was initially called up as one of the replacements for Stokes, Vaughan is not convinced he was the right choice.
He added: "I was surprised by the Steve Finn selection, I have not seen enough of the good stuff from Finny this year to warrant an Ashes tour,"
"I would have gone for Liam Plunkett. Woakes, Anderson, Broad are your control. You lob Stokes the ball and he creates chaos, anything can happen, but he gets wickets. Someone like Plunkett may have done that."
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