Moeen Ali has scored at less than 20 and picked only 3 wickets in The Ashes 2017-18    Getty Images
Moeen Ali has scored at less than 20 and picked only 3 wickets in The Ashes 2017-18 Getty Images

Before the start of The Ashes 2017-18, Moeen Ali was expected to be England’s trump card in the absence of Ben Stokes. The all-rounder has failed to impress. Will England drop him? He is regarded highly by the England management and certainly features as a candidate in the leadership group. Before the Perth Test, he led England XI in the warm-up game.

Moeen has been far from impressive. He has scored 116 runs in three Tests at 19.33. As England’s leading off-spinner, he has bagged just 3 wickets at 105.33. In contrast, his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon has picked 14 wickets at just over 26.

Michael Vaughan has called for Moeen’s exclusion in the next Test and has called for leg-spinner Mason Crane’s selection.

The Ashes defeat should hurt Ben Stokes most, opines Michael Vaughan
The Ashes defeat should hurt Ben Stokes most, opines Michael Vaughan

I don t see how Moeen Ali plays in Melbourne. You re not going to put him in your top six, he s not bowling with any kind of motion. Mason Crane is in the squad. If Moeen is going to be the batsman that bowls a little bit, he s got to bat a bit better than we ve seen so for me, Moeen can t play in Melbourne, Vaughan told BT sports.

Having conceded the urn at Perth, England will play Australia in the fourth Test starting Boxing Day (December 26) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).