Moving Root down the batting order was a ‘clever move’, says Michael Vaughan

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“Root has done well for England at No 6 in the past”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has announced that England’s idea to shift Joe Root out of the openers spot in favour of Michael Carberry was a “clever move”.

Carberry has already made a huge impact as an opening batsman, hammering an unbeaten 153 against Australia A today and 78 against Western Australia last week.

It is highly likely that Root will come in at number six, a position which has brought him a lot of success in the past.

“It’s quite a clever move by Andy Flower and Alastair Cook,” Vaughan told Sky Sports News. “They’ve looked at the No 6 position and decided that a young debutant is not the best idea. Jonny Bairstow isn’t playing well enough to get that spot, but Root has done well for England at No 6 in the past – he got a hundred against New Zealand just a few months ago.

“He’s a fine player and I’m sure he will end up opening for England, but for this series, this is a good move from England. To throw Gary Ballance or Ben Stokes in there is a tall order at this stage of their careers.

“Carberry has taken his chance. He’s been opening for Hampshire and did well last week in Perth too. They made the call for him to open the batting two games before an Ashes series and he’s taken it with a big hundred.

“It’s going to be a really hot atmosphere in Brisbane for that first Test match. Australia are going to come at England hard and Andy Flower feels that having Carberry at the top and Root at no 6 – he’s just trying to put those pieces in the right place.

“In a way it is a snub (for Root) but it’s part and parcel of what the England camp is about. Andy Flower has shown he’s not been shy from making tough calls.”

Vaughan also chuckled upon hearing former Australia spin king Shane Warne’s comments about current skipper Alastair Cook being “negative, boring [and] not very imaginative”.

“Shane’s doing everything but play at the moment,” Vaughan said with a massive grin. “He’s their 12th man. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him with a tray of drinks to have a chat with Michael Clarke on the pitch.

“If I was Australia, I’d be looking after my own back yard. I think they’ve got enough problems as it is to start focusing on England. Australia feel they have to get a psychological edge by headlines to get an advantage on the pitch. England are saying ‘we’ll do our talking on the pitch’ and that’s exactly the right option.

“I would agree with Shane that Cook has got areas to improve. He could be a little more imaginative and proactive, but Cook has admitted that. He’s looking to improve all the time.

“Don’t forget he’s only been in the job a year and he’s won in India and he’s won an Ashes series. He’s lost one Test match in 16 so I’m happy with the England captain.

“When there’s a lot of criticism around him, he gets the blinkers on, gets his batting cap on and scores runs.”

The ex-England captain also backed Boyd Rankin to fill the third pace bowler spot on the roster for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Rankin is currently battling against Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Ben Stokes for the spot.

“I don’t think Tremlett has done enough,” Vaughan said. “His selection was a surprising one for me. He was bowling well two years ago, but he hasn’t bowled well since. He had a bad injury this season and didn’t bowl with any real pace.

“It’s between Rankin and Finn and I think Rankin has just got his nose ahead. He’s fresh, he’s new, can bowl with a little bit more venom in some good areas.”

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