Southampton, July 12
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels the out-of-form Joe Denly must be the one making means for skipper Joe Root within the second Test towards the West Indies as a substitute of younger Zak Crawley.
In the second Test, scheduled to start on Thursday in Manchester, both Denly or Crawley is anticipated to get replaced by Root, who missed the series-opener to be together with his spouse for the supply of their second little one.
“England have a decision to make on Denly. Crawley surely has to stay in the side,” Vaughan instructed ‘BBC Sport’.
“Joe Denly played the way he has played in all of his 15 Tests. It’s been the same story. He did the hard yards then make a mistake,” Vaughan added.
Denly, who performs at No. 3, struggled with the bat within the opener, scoring 18 and 29 within the first and second innings, respectively. The 34-year-old has didn’t breach the 40-run mark in eight innings.
Denly, who made his debut final 12 months, averages 29.53 in 15 Tests and has didn’t capitalise on good begins. His highest rating of 94 got here towards Australia in 2019.
On the opposite hand, 22-year-old Crawley scored his second half-century in 5 Tests with an outstanding 76-run knock within the second innings on the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.
“It’s not even a conversation. You could argue that Denly was very lucky to have played 15 Test matches. There are a lot of players who have played only eight Tests and got hundreds,” mentioned Vaughan, who led England in 51 of his 82 Tests.
“He has missed his chance and they have to stick with Crawley. I’m sorry for Denly – he’s just not good enough,” he added.
Asked to take a position on the participant who would make means for Root on the Old Trafford, Crawley mentioned it’s a “tough scenario”.
“That’s not my place to say. My job is to score runs, and that is what I will try to continue to do as long as I get a chance,” Crawley mentioned.
“It is for the powers that be to decide. Joe has done extremely well over the past year and it’s a tough scenario,” he added. PTI