Michael Vaughan has told Moeen Ali how to save his England career after underperforming in the Ashes defeat in Australia.
Moeen’s form with bat and ball has been a major problem for Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss and Vaughan believes he should be dropped for the final match in Sydney.
The Worcestershire all-rounder flourished last summer in the series wins over South Africa and West Indies but has failed to make any impact Down Under, failing to score a fifty and taking just three wickets.
‘Moeen has got to make himself into a top six batsman,’ former England captain Vaughan told BT Sport.
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‘It will be better for the Test team, he then becomes the spare spinner and they pick [Mason] Crane or [Jack] Leach as the number one spinner.
‘We saw at the start of last summer, they picked Liam Dawson to take the pressure of Moeen and he then did really well.
‘Moeen’s got to make himself into a top six player, become the second spin option and then he will be fine.’
Moeen’s struggles were highlighted on day five of the Boxing Day Test as, with England chasing wickets to clinch a consolation victory, he was replaced by part-timers Dawid Malan and Joe Root.
‘If you are a spinner on day five, with the team bowling for victory, and cannot bowl to an attacking field, you can’t keep him in the team,’ Vaughan added.
‘It’s probably the best thing for Moeen [to be dropped for Sydney], he’s got no form or confidence, just take him out the tour and he can come back for New Zealand. I think it will be the best thing for Moeen.
‘Mason Crane is the reserve spinner for the Ashes tour party and for me he has to play in Sydney because Moeen is having no effect whatsoever.’
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