Vaughan calls for England to drop 'shot' Ballance


Michael Vaughan said England must drop "shot" batsman Gary Ballance and fears Alastair Cook's side face a Test whitewash in India unless they change their approach.

England missed out on a Test series victory in Bangladesh when they crumbled from 100-0 to 164 all out to lose by 108 runs in Dhaka and draw 1-1.

Ballance failed reach double figures in four innings against the Tigers and the out-of-sorts left-hander has made only one half-century since he was recalled to face Pakistan in July following a one-year absence at international level.

Former England captain Vaughan warned England cannot afford to persist with the Yorkshire batsman and thinks Sam Billings should be called up for the upcoming five-match series against an India side which top the Test rankings.

Vaughan said of Ballance: "He's not looking like anything the player he was when he first came into international cricket.

"He looks shot for gameplan,"

He added on BBC Radio 5 live: "He's had his technique questioned. As soon as the ball swings or spins his technique doesn't look like it's going to give him any whereabouts of how to survive long enough.

"That's my real concern in this England side - they've only got Jos Buttler to replace Gary Ballance in the middle of the innings. If I was England, I'd be getting another right hander sent out to India as soon as possible. I'd go for Sam Billings.

"If you speak to former England batsman Graham Thorpe, he says Sam Billings is the best player of spin.

"I don't think it's being negative, it's just being sensible. You realise you need more right-handers, you need more competition in that middle of the innings. They've left themselves short of options in that middle order."

Vaughan feels England will pay the price if they do not adopt a different mindset when they take on Virat Kohli's side.

"They haven't got enough expertise or wow factor with the ball to be able to blow India away. They have to try and stay in the game," he said.

"If they try and play this expansive way India will just laugh and have them on toast and it will be a 5-0 whitewash. No question about it.

"If you want to call it negative cricket, play negative cricket. The only way they can compete is to try and frustrate them and try to force the error."