England's newest opening batsman, Adam Lyth, has had a disappointing series in the Ashes. After registering a hundred against New Zealand earlier in the summer, the Yorkshire opener hasn't delivered a notable score since.
With his Ashes series ending in yet another failure, time is ticking. Averaging less than 13, it is likely that the England selectors will seek another option before the team heads to the UAE to take on Pakistan.
Bob Willis of Sky Sports said, "I thought Adam Lyth should have been left out of the side after the Lord's performance. The England selectors have been very kind to him."
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What's the solution?
Since Andrew Strauss retired in the summer of 2012 England have tired six different opening partners for captain Alastair Cook. It is a position that has continually given the selectors a headache over the last three years.
Widely regarded as the most important slot on a battling card, everyone in the England camp will be hoping to get a settled partnership as soon as possible. One option for the tour of the UAE is to put Moeen Ali to the top of the order, leaving a place in the side for Adil Rashid, who would provide an extra spin option.
But with that just being a temporary fix, maybe it is time to give the exciting Alex Hales the nod. The Nottinghamshire power-man made 189 against Warwickshire this week, reinforcing his cause.
The aggressive opener has already proved himself at international level in the limited over forms of the game. With cricket moving along rapidly and teams taking a more aggressive, positive approach, even at Test level, then the England selectors may just be swayed in giving Hales the berth.
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