Former England cricketer, David Lloyd isn’t really pleased with England’s selection of players for the upcoming Ashes 2021-2022 series, which is scheduled to be held in Australia, starting 8th December 2021. Lloyd expressed his surprise at seeing England’s squad for the highly-anticipated series.
“To say that I was surprised when I saw the squad England had picked to go to Australia would be an understatement — I was absolutely flabbergasted. They’ve picked a team of blockers, medium-pacers and short finger-spinners. You don’t exactly need to be a student of the game to know how that ends in Australia.”
Lloyd expressed his displeasure over not picking the likes of Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson. Former England cricketer believes that trio’s different skillset would have benefited England in Australia. He also criticized Dom Bess’ selection and believes he is no match for his counterpart Nathan Lyon.
“For me, three of the first names in the squad would have been Saqib Mahmood, Liam Livingstone and Matt Parkinson. That’s not Lancashire bias — it’s a reflection of the kind of cricketers you need to stand a chance of winning in Australia. Your bowling attack needs pace and, because the Kookaburra ball offers you so little, reverse swing. Mahmood has both, so what did England do? Left him out.”
While Lloyd is pleased with the players chosen for the middle-order, he isn’t in favour of Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns at the top.
“Let’s look at the players they have taken. Joe Root is an exceptional batsman, and I’m a big fan of Jonny Bairstow, but you don’t win in Australia with blockers at the top of the order, such as Haseeb Hameed, or openers who don’t stand properly, such as Rory Burns.”
The Ashes 2021-2022 will kick start at the Gabba on December 8, but the status of the fifth and final Test scheduled to be hosted by Perth remains unclear. As Western Australia is unlikely to ease border restrictions even for other Australians, the fifth Test could be shifted from Perth. The possible alternate venues for Ashes could be Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, or Sydney.
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