Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that managing the pace attack after the retirement of veteran speedster James Anderson will be tough for them in Test cricket. Vaughan has also shared that it is going to be a tough challenge for Joe Root as England are looking forward to reviving the team after their poor Ashes series.
While Anderson at the age of 39 has been performing on a constant basis in Test cricket. However, he has been one of England’s key players and also revealed that he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon too. Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Michael Vaughan opened up on this.
He wrote: “Managing Jimmy’s retirement is going to be key to this team moving forward. His future is the big elephant in the room. England will find it hard without Jimmy, but in time, they will rebuild. It is not about sacking Jimmy. The right thing is to transition but to do it respectfully. You can only do that by having strong conversations with Jimmy about what is going to happen. Just because you can still perform, does not mean you should keep going on and on.”
James Anderson became the second-most capped player in Test cricket. He has 640 wickets in his name which came at 26.58, including 31 five-wicket hauls too. Vaughan also shared his views on England’s Test woes, claiming that they need a pool of players with clearly-defined roles and responsibilities as well.
The veteran wrote: “The Test team needs a group of players like the 2019 World Cup squad. By the time they reached that competition, they had a senior core who had played together for four years and knew their roles. That is the vision for the Test team. They should come back here with a senior group of players, which means a lot of people have to have played a lot of Tests over the next four years.”
“I can understand why people are calling for Joe to step down. He has made mistakes with selections and tactics but that is the least of my worries. Joe needs a bit of change in personnel to give him a few new voices to talk to and bring a different mindset and mentality to the group,” Michael Vaughan signed off.