James Anderson and Stuart Broad. ©REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Former England captain Michael Vaughan had strong words for pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He feels that they should not play together for England in the 2020-21 Ashes series in Australia. Both Anderson and Broad have been the most successful bowling pair for England, bagging 575 and 467 wickets respectively but both are currently at the end of their careers.

“I don’t think it’s right that both of them play now,” said Vaughan while he was talking to BBC. “It might be that Broad plays one series and Anderson plays one series. They are not going to like it, but they are at that stage of their careers where England are going to have to manage the combination very smartly.”

Stuart Broad was the most successful performer with the ball for Joe Root-led England. In the recently concluded Ashes series, he picked up 23 wickets at an average of 26.65. Anderson, on the other hand, bowled only 4 overs in the first Test of the recently concluded Ashes series before a calf injury ruled him out.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson
Stuart Broad and James Anderson

Vaughan further added that the team need to play more cautiously and give the chance to the young players in Test cricket. Test cricket, however, needs a real focus, dedication and structure as the next Ashes will be in two years. He further stressed on the fact that the players who will be a part of the Test squad, need to be fit and should have the ability to bat for long hours.

“It might be that some of the players who play all of the formats miss white-ball series to make sure that when the Tests are on they are absolutely fresh and ready to bat seven hours, because to win in Australia that is exactly what you require. You need a relentless nature with the ball and relentless discipline with the bat – and it has to come over a two-and-a-half-year window,” Vaughan concluded.