Former England cricketer Mark Butcher believes England would rather play in the upcoming Ashes series against archrivals Australia with a formidable trio of James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and the snappy Mark Wood. The high-stakes Ashes Series will begin on June 16th. “We think England would have preferred the bowling attack of Anderson, Robinson and Wood in terms of three quick moves. We still don’t know what [Ben] Stokes status. I’m sure he’ll be fine, but if he’s not, then Stuart Broad looked a little late today, a little slow and not penetrating enough when the ball was a little older,” Butcher told Sky Sport.
England have already set their sights on the Ashes series after defeating England in a one-off test, and Australia will enter the prestigious red ball series after playing India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
The WTC Final will start on June 7th at The Oval in London.
Butcher, a former England rookie, also gave his take on young pacer Josh Tong, who landed on the Lord’s honors board with a brilliant 5/66 spell in his Test debut against Ireland.
“Until Josh Tong got the ball back in his hands and England moved on to a slightly more orthodox course of action – avoiding the short ball – there was one or two problems. Chief among them is Jack Leach’s difficulty in bowling to the left. hands,” he told Sky Sports.
England announced a 16-man squad for the first two matches of the Ashes series, retaining the same group from the one-off test against Ireland. Josh Tong found a seat next to James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, both of whom were excluded from the Trial of the Lord.
“England asked for flat fields at Ashes, didn’t they? They didn’t ask for green seamers; they want to take on Australia in their game, be able to go out there and collect big runs. So if there was one small problem, it was that, in fact, with the shanks, they looked pretty ordinary for a long period of time during that afternoon session,” Butcher said.
England squad for Ash’s first two tests: Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope, Johnny Bairstow (n), Joe Root, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Jack Leach, Ben Duckett, Zach Crowley, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson , Dan Lawrence, Chris Wakes, Mark Wood, Josh Tong.
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