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12:18  09 august  2019
12:18  09 august  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Former Australian skipper proposes radical solution to England ' s selection woes . Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell says England should consider the radical move of not playing a spinner in next week' s second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord' s .

England faced heavy criticism after a demoralising first Test loss to Australia at Edgbaston, which was supposed to be the fortress which kick-started the campaign to bring the But a mid-match turn of form from the Aussies, led by the mercurial Steve Smith, dented England ’ s chances of retaining the Ashes .

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell says England should consider the radical move of not playing a spinner in next week's second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's.

The hosts trail 1-0 after Australia's come from behind victory at Edgbaston earlier this week, with question marks over the form of a number of England players.

Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes© AAP Moeen Ali continues to struggle against Australia. At the top of that list is off-spinner Moeen Ali, who returned figures of 1-42 and 2-130 in the first Test, and delivered an embarrassing beamer to Steve Smith.

It continues Ali's poor record against Australia, his 11 Ashes Tests returning just 20 wickets at an average of 64.65.

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Craig Overton is facing the prospect of his Ashes series ending early and fellow bowler Stuart Broad is struggling with a knee problem that could require surgery at the end of the tour.

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Australia's off-spinner Nathan Lyon has played in the same 11 matches, taking 46 wickets at 26.67. Compounding Ali's problems, he's been dismissed by Lyon nine times in his last 11 Ashes innings.

"If you're being serious as a selector you can't keep Moeen Ali in the side," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

"I'm not just dropping him because of his form at Edgbaston, I saw what he did out here in Australia two years ago and how the Australians were so on top of him mentally.

"It may have been fair enough to give him one opportunity at Edgbaston, but he showed me exactly the same as what he showed me in Australia, and you just can't keep going with him.

"Australia is so far on top of him that I don't see a way back for him in this series.

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"When you're 1-0 down you can't afford to take the punt that he'll come back, because I don't think he can."

Chappell dismissed suggestions that England should bring in left-arm spinner Jack Leach for Lord's, suggesting a move that goes against his usual thinking of always playing a specialist slow bowler.

"If I was selecting the England team I don't think I'd bother with a spinner, as much as it would pain me to do that," Chappell said.

"I always think you've got to have a balanced attack, and that usually includes a spinner. But I've seen Jack Leach bowl and I don't think he's going to have much impact on the game.

"The England scribes that I've been reading are saying he'll give Joe Root more control, well I don't think he will. I think the Australians will score fairly freely off him, he won't give them much control.

"I'd look at playing Sam Curran and Jofra Archer (for the injured Jimmy Anderson).

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Joe Root’ s momentary lapse of reason in Perth has left England ’ s Barmy Army looking to the weather forecasters for help in stopping the rot. Craig Overton and Stuart Broad injury concerns add to England Ashes woe .

The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. The series have varied in length, consisting of between one and seven Test matches, but since 1998 have been consistently five matches. It is one of sport' s most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882.

Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes© Getty Jonny Bairstow made a pair against Ireland last month at Lord's.

"Joe Root is going to give you as much control as anyone with his off-spin, and if they keep Joe Denly he can bowl a bit as well. He's not the worst change bowler going around."

The position of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is also likely to come under some scrutiny, after another poor performance at Edgbaston. Bairstow has now made five consecutive single figure scores in Test cricket, with his scores of eight and six in the first Test following a pair against Ireland. Since the start of the last English summer, Bairstow averages 22 in Tests, with six ducks in 23 innings.

According to Chappell, Bairstow should be relieved of the gloves at the very least.

"At the moment they're picking Bairstow as a keeper because of his batting and he's not making runs," Chappell said.

"His keeping is going to hurt them badly at some point if they persist with him, but they've got an ideal replacement in Ben Foakes.

"Foakes is not only a good keeper but he can bat. He can play. Sometimes with selection you've got to be pro-active, you've got to get in before you really get hurt.

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"I'd be bringing Foakes in to replace Bairstow.

"If they wanted to play Bairstow as a batsman I wouldn't see a problem with that, because I think he's a far better player than Joe Denly or Jason Roy.

"Jonny wants to keep, but that's irrelevant if you're a selector. I'd be thinking seriously about playing him as a batsman at number four, and hope that he can get his batting sorted out if he's relieved of the keeping job."

England will name its side for the second Test later tonight.

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Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
Legend's radical solution to England's Ashes woes
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