Michael Vaughan wants to add spin bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson to England World Cup squad
ECB is yet to announce a replacement for Alex Hales who was axed from the squad.
Updated - May 8, 2019 12:26 am
Hosts England will be taking on South Africa in the opening game of World Cup 2019 in just over three weeks. The three-time finalists are being looked up as favourites to win the trophy, thanks to their current form and the favourable conditions at home. They, however, faced a blow when one of their reliable middle-order batsmen Alex Hales lost his place in the squad after testing positive for taking recreational drugs.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, who had led his country in the 2007 World Cup, advised a change in the team’s bowling department. Even though it is unusual to hear from an English cricket expert, Vaughan suggested the addition of left-arm spinner Liam Dawson to the squad as he felt the Three Lions needed a specialist spinning all-rounder in case any of the two experts spinners – Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid – got injured.
The 44-year-old even advised England to play all the three spinners if the pitches on which the matches are played are dry. Apart from Morgan, Moeen and Rashid, the England squad for the WC features Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. The selectors are yet to come up with a replacement for Hales.
Liam Dawson has a decent batting hand
The 29-year-old Dawson, who plays for Hampshire, is currently representing his side in Royal London One-Day Cup. He has scored almost 7000 runs in 145 first-class games with three hundreds and taken almost 200 wickets at an average of 35.14. The cricketer’s decent batting hand can definitely add depths to the home team’s batting order.
Dawson has also played in three Tests, as many ODIs and six T20Is, taking 15 wickets and scoring a fifty.
Vaughan’s tweet read- “Having studied England’s provisional World Cup squad I would be looking to Add Liam Dawson .. He is in great form and England need a specialist Spinning all rounder as an option in case Mo or Adil get injured or you might play all 3 if the pitches are dry”
Having studied England’s provisional World Cup squad I would be looking to Add Liam Dawson .. He is in great form and England need a specialist Spinning all rounder as an option in case Mo or Adil get injured or you might play all 3 if the pitches are dry … #CWC
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 7, 2019
England are currently ranked No.1 in ODIs and have dominated the limited-overs since their humiliating exit from the 2015 edition of the tournament.