Michael Vaughan, Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain slam England selectors for dropping Chris Woakes as Australia retain Ashes
Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and Ian Botham slammed England’s decision to drop Chris Woakes after Australia retained the Ashes with victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Despite admirable resistance from England’s middle and lower order, Australia bowled the hosts out with 13.3 overs to spare in Manchester to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.
England can still level the series by winning the final Test at The Oval but cannot reclaim the urn with Australia the current Ashes holders following their 4-0 win at home two years ago.
Woakes played in the the first three Ashes Tests of this series but was dropped for Craig Overton at Old Trafford and a number of England legends have criticised the decision.
Former 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.
‘I don’t think England have got it right, but full credit to Australia.’
Nasser Hussain added: ‘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.