VAUGHAN BACKS ROOT

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that the Yorkshire batsman Joe Root should be given the opportunity to open the innings with Alistair Cook in the test matches for England. Due to the retirement of Andrew Strauss from test cricket, the opening slot in the test team is up for grabs. Root has performed brilliantly for Yorkshire this season. He has scored more than 600 runs so far at an average of 55.

As per Vaughan, Root could be an ideal replacement for Strauss. He is a classical, young player and he has got a fantastic temperament. His technique is pretty sound and he deserves a place in the England test team. According to some reports, the English selectors are planning to move Jonathan Trott from no. 3 to the opening slot. On being asked about that, Vaughan said that the selectors should look for a specialist opener rather than a makeshift one. Jonathan Trott is doing well at no. 3 and there is no point moving him to the opening slot. There are so many talented opening batsmen going around in the domestic circuit and the selectors should include one of them in the squad.

England has to visit India in November this year to play a series of 4 test matches. The English selectors would announce the England squad for that series after a few days. On being asked about that series, Vaughan said that the tour of India is not going to be an easy one for the England side. The pitches in India would be quite dry and spinner friendly. There would not be pace and bounce for the England fast bowlers on those pitches. So, that tour would be a test of character for the England test team.