Former England spinner Graeme Swann was gutted about the fact that the senior England players did not stand up to the expectations and have let them down drastically resulting in an insulting series loss. He went further to say that England senior players have done “next to nothing” in the series so far.
“England do have a settled side if Ben Stokes is around but when he’s not, this team came over very weak,” Swann told the BBC.
“The senior guys who you expect to stand up and outshine the rookies have done the exact opposite. Joe Root and Alastair Cook have done next to nothing. The shining lights have been Rocky (Mark) Stoneman and Dawid Malan.”
“I‘m proud of the way some of the guys have played. Dawid Malan was sensational, James Vince was only dismissed by the best ball I’ve ever seen in a game. There are positives, I expected to be 3-0 down after three games once Stokes wasn’t coming.”
Swann repeatedly pointed out the fact that Stokes’ absence hurt England badly. He remains suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board pending the result of a police investigation. Hopefully, Stokes’ return to the side will boost the side and help them bounce back.
Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan also questioned the longevity of certain members of the England squad, with the former England opener believing the next Ashes series in England may come too soon for some players who are yet inexperienced in the lineup.