Former Test captain Michael Vaughan has suggested England radically change their batting order for the third Test, after Australia took a 2-0 series lead following the second Test in Adelaide last week.
Much has been made of England’s fragile batting line-up over the first two Tests, with the tourists only managing a highest team score of 302, in the first innings at the Gabba.
Australia’s bowlers have so far had the better of the English batsmen, but Vaughan says the batting order should change in order to nullify the bowlers’ impact.
Vaughan says James Vince, David Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali should all move in the order.
“If I was England I’d jig the order,” Vaughan said.
“I’d put Vince to five, 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.
“He is a player that 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.”
For the first two Tests, Vince has batted at first drop, captain Joe Root at four, followed by Malan, Ali and Bairstow.
The third Test begins in Perth on Thursday.