England will sweep Pakistan collection regardless of Stokes absence: Vaughan

Southampton, August 12

Former England captain Michael Vaughan predicted the hosts will sweep the three-Test collection towards Pakistan regardless of the absence of talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes for the final two matches.

Stokes was a part of the England group which pulled off an exhilarating three-wicket victory within the collection opener at Old Trafford however is now lacking for household causes.

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“He plays a big, big role in that dressing room,” Vaughan wrote in a weblog, though he had no doubts in regards to the depth within the England squad.

“Even though Ben Stokes is out I think England will be too strong. England will win the series 3-0, that’s my prediction.”

The Pakistan group led by Azhar Ali dominated a lot of the opening take a look at in Manchester however Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler launched an excellent counter-attack to energy the hosts to an unlikely victory.

“Azhar Ali (is) a young captain in terms of test matches but an experienced player in terms of test matches that he’s played. I think that was his chance to win a game overseas for the first time,” Vaughan stated of the 35-year-old.

He additionally felt England may relaxation veteran fast James Anderson within the second take a look at starting on Thursday.

“I’d be surprised if he plays back-to-back games, so I think he will be rested. Maybe Sam Curran will come in for him or Mark Wood,” he added. “Zak Crawley will probably come in for Ben Stokes.” Reuters

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