Michael Vaughan has some suggestions for struggling England in Ashes 2017-18    Getty Images
Michael Vaughan has some suggestions for struggling England in Ashes 2017-18 Getty Images

Joe Root s England have to win the third Test, at Perth, to keep the ongoing Ashes 2017-18 alive against in-form Australia. Trailing 0-2, they have to regroup seriously to retain the urn. The road ahead is not easy as their batting is yet to click in the tour. In four innings England have crossed the 300-run mark once, and need their main batters to find form soon. Ahead of the Perth encounter, Michael Vaughan called for wholesome changes to the batting order for effective results.

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“If I was England I d jig the order. I d put [James] Vince to five, [Dawid] Malan to three. Malan bats at three for Middlesex so that s a position he s used to. He looks to me the kind of player that I don t think he s going to be over-aggressive but he d fight to get rid of that new ball. It would allow Vince to bat a little more freely at five.

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“[Vince] likes to play his strokes and against the Kookaburra new ball, particularly against the quality the Aussies have got you ve got to fancy they create chances. Also, I d have Jonny at six. Then you ve got four, five and six all right-handers to nullify Nathan Lyon.”

Suggestion, or mind games, Ricky Ponting?

“I think they ll make a lot of changes for the next Test. They have to, because what they ve done so far has not been competitive. Joe has a lot to think about and so does (coach) Trevor Bayliss and just a lot of their players”, added Ricky Ponting.