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Michael Vaughan says Moeen Ali must focus on his batting to save England career

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Michael Vaughan insists that all-rounder Moeen Ali should be dropped for the final match in Sydney after a poor showing at this year's Ashes Series.

Expectations of Ali before the series began were high after a strong showing last summer in victories over the West Indies and South Africa, however, the 30-year-old's execution has not been good enough this series after failing to reach 50 with the bat and only taking three wickets so far.

The disappointing form of Ali is one of the reasons for England's woes down under and former captain Vaughan believes he should be dropped for the final match in Sydney and allowed to work on his game away from the spotlight.

Vaughan believes that Ali's bowling responsibilities are partly to blame for his struggles with the bat and insists that the Worcestershire man needs to focus on his batting to reassert himself in the England XI.

"Moeen has got to make himself into a top six batsman," Vaughan told BT Sport as per The Metro.

"It will be better for the Test team, he then becomes the spare spinner and they pick [Mason] Crane or [Jack] Leach as the number one spinner.

"We saw at the start of last summer, they picked Liam Dawson to take the pressure of Moeen and he then did really well.

"Moeen’s got to make himself into a top six player, become the second spin option and then he will be fine."

Australia v England - Fourth Test: Day 3

With England needing to chase wickets to give the team a morale-boosting victory, Ali's travails were evident on day five when he was subsequently replaced by part-timers Dawid Malan and Joe Root.

"If you are a spinner on day five, with the team bowling for victory, and cannot bowl to an attacking field, you can’t keep him in the team," Vaughan added.

Indeed Vaughan believes that dropping Moeen for the next match should be considered as it will also protect a player who is clearly low on form and confidence.

Australia v England - Fourth Test: Day 4

"It’s probably the best thing for Moeen [to be dropped for Sydney], he’s got no form or confidence, just take him out the tour and he can come back for New Zealand. I think it will be the best thing for Moeen."

Vaughan is referring to England's upcoming trip to New Zealand in February.

England and New Zealand will take part in a triangular Twenty20 series with Australia from 3-18 February before an ODI and Test series shortly after.

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