England need to manage Anderson and Broad smartly: Michael Vaughan
Could we have seen the last of James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowling in tandem? (AFP Image)

Former captain Michael Vaughan believes England should avoid the risk of playing Stuart Broad and James Anderson together in the future leading up to the Ashes series in Australia in 2020-21.

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Both pacers have been prolific performers for England in the last decade. While Anderson has picked up 575 wickets, Broad has scalped 467 wickets in his Test career. However, with injuries taking a toll on both, Vaughan believes England would benefit using both fast bowlers smartly.

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“I don’t think it’s right that both of them play now,” said Vaughan talking to BBC Sport. “It might be that Broad plays one series and Anderson plays one series. They are not going to like it, but they are at that stage of their careers where England are going to have to manage the combination very smartly.”

Broad, with 23 wickets at an average of 26.65, was England’s most successful bowler in the five-match Ashes series which was drawn 2-2. On the other hand, Anderson bowled only four overs – in the first Test at Edgbaston – before sustaining a relapse of a calf injury and was subsequently ruled out.

After Broad, it was young pacer Jofra Archer, who impressed all by picking up 22 wickets in four matches. Archer’s fiery spells is a success story in a series in which England bounced back twice to draw the Ashes 2-2 – for the first time in 47 years. The next Ashes will be played in 2021-22 and Stokes believes the 24-year-old Archer could very well be key for England to reclaim the urn.

The Ashes 2019 also marked the final series for England coach Trevor Bayliss in charge.