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Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that pace bowler Stuart Broad should be dropped for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
Broad failed to have an impact in the first Test at Lord’s, which Pakistan won by nine wickets, as he only took one wicket and was dismissed for a duck in both innings.
Vaughan feels that if England want to include all-rounder Chris Woakes in the team for the second Test, then it may have to be at the expense of Broad.
“If England want to play Chris Woakes on Friday, I’d make the tough call that Broad doesn’t play,” he told BBC 5 Live. “Teams need a shake-up. I don’t want England to go to Headingley on Friday and Mark Wood to be the one left out. It’s easy to bring in Chris Woakes for Wood.
“But for me, Wood plays. What’s he done wrong? He got 2-74 [against Pakistan]. The tactics were wrong for his style of bowling and that’s just the direction of the team and the captain.”
With Pakistan holding a 1-0 lead going into the second Test on Friday, they have the chance to win their first Test series in England since 1996.
Dwelling on that fact, Vaughan, who was speaking on the The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show, said: “England haven’t been winning for a long time.
“They just keep going with the same old every single week. This is just a think tank to drop Broad or James Anderson, and I hope people within the team and the management think ‘could it make a just a little difference?’ You never know.
“Are they winning with them at the moment? Are they bowling as well as they were three of four years ago? No. Should Chris Woakes be in the side? Well, he has a great record in English conditions.
“These are things I’m hoping the side are actually thinking about. England have lost eight games in the last 15 Test matches with that team, which has been the same eight or nine week in week out. You never know, it might ruffle a feather and change mentality and that’s what the England Test team need.
“They’ve got all the skill and talent on paper, but I want to see more in terms of their mentality of how to play Test cricket. It might trigger the team into thinking none of us are safe. I think it’s too comfortable.”