Vaughan: Time to remove Robson?

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has switched his attentions from one England opener, Alastair Cook, to the other, Sam Robson, and has suggested the latter should be dropped from the Test side.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has switched his attentions from one England opener, Alastair Cook, to the other, Sam Robson, and has suggested the latter should be dropped from the Test side.

Robson has not had a great run in the side yet, compared to other young players like Gary Ballance or Moeen Ali, but has scored two half tons in the series against India. But Vaughan feels older players like Nick Compton or Michael Carberry would be a better call.

Vaughan wrote in the Telegraph on Saturday: "His dismissal on Saturday was very disappointing. He basically missed a straight ball full of length which bowled him through the gate.

"He is leaning too far back in terms of his head position and the England management will be looking at and concluding you should not be getting out like that at this level.

"He had looked good to reach the close on the first day 33 not out. He was waiting just that little bit longer for the ball to arrive. He allowed it to swing and then moved into the ball later which allowed him to play with more power.

"But when he was bowled his feet failed to move and he missed it because his bat did not come down on the right plane. He played down wrong line. I guess a few nerves and a bit of trepidation crept in.

"Perhaps it is time for England to eat a bit of humble pie and go back to either Nick Compton or Michael Carberry. The other option is to pick Robson, Alex Lees and Adam Lyth for the Lions tour to Sri Lanka to fight it out to see which one should open with Alastair Cook in the West Indies in April."

The former skipper then said his own choice would be Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales, already the England T20 opener, but without an ODI or Test cap. Vaughan felt Hales' run of form deserved a call-up.

He said: "My preferred choice would be to bring Alex Hales in at the top of the order in 50-over cricket with a view to seeing if he can become our David Warner in the Test team. He plays good strong cricket shots and his technique is no worse than Robson, Carberry or Compton.

"To beat the best teams it helps if you have players who can send a message to the bowlers saying, 'We are not just going to defend the new ball. If you bowl a bad ball it will go to fence'."

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