Vaughan, Botham and Hussain hit out at England selectors
Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and Ian Botham launched a scathing attack on England’s decision to exclude Chris Woakes after Australia retained the Ashes urn with a sensational victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Despite some fair bit of resistance from England’s middle and lower order, Australia somehow managed to find a way and bowled the hosts out with 13.3 overs to spare to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.
Though England can still level the series by clinching the final Test at The Oval, they cannot reclaim the urn with Aussies the current Ashes holders after their 4-0 win at home soil 2 years ago.
The veteran Woakes played in the first three Ashes Tests but was dropped for Craig Overton in the fourth Test and a number of England legends have not welcomed this move.
Former England captain Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: ‘England have to look at the preparation, the selection, everything around this team leading into the summer. ‘It hasn’t been right, it’s been a bit haphazard. I didn’t like that they dropped a senior pro in Chris Woakes here. It was wrong.
Meanwhile, Nasser Hussain said: ‘I don’t think England have got it right, but full credit to Australia. I can tell you, Woakes’ stats in England are a joke. I would love to know why he was dropped. ‘The drop-off after Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer in this match was huge. Overton bowled okay but it was a mistake to drop Woakes.
‘He is an exceptional cricketer, a very fine cricketer. ‘You give leeway to Joe Denly and Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, who haven’t proved themselves in Test cricket, and then you leave out one who has proved himself. I don’t get that.’
England legend Botham said that he was shocked after Woakes was dropped from the team. He even thought that the all-rounder must have been injured. He said: ‘I was amazed. I thought he had to be injured. It was a remarkable decision.’