Vaughan expects Ashwin recall

31 August 2021 22:51:12 GMTPlus11
R Ashwin has yet to feature for Inida in England

Former England captain Michael Vaughan says he would be "staggered" if India do not recall all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin for Thursday's fourth Test.

The five-match series is level at 1-1 and England are 2.10 for victory at The Oval, with India 2.75 and the draw 4.33, while Ashwin is 19.00 to be player of the match.

I would be staggered if Ashwin is not on the teamsheet on Thursday morning.

Michael Vaughan

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The off-spinner enjoyed an extraordinary home Test series against England earlier this year, claiming 32 wickets in four matches at an average of 14.71 and also scoring a century in the second Test in Chennai.

India had to come from 1-0 down to win that series 3-1, but this time around the momentum is with England, who squared the series with a thumping innings victory in the third Test at Headingley.

The hosts bowled out India for just 78 on the first day in Leeds and Vaughan believes Ashwin must be brought in to strengthen the tourists' lower-order batting as well as offering another top-class spin option.

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The experienced 34-year-old averages just under 28 in Test cricket with five centuries and 11 fifties in 78 appearances.

Speaking on the BBC's Test Match Special Podcast, Vaughan said: "Ashwin has to come in. India got away with it at Lord's, but you can't have four rabbits at eight, nine, ten and eleven.

"Ashwin has to play, he has got five Test match hundreds, he has got 400 Test wickets, he has to come into this team.

"The last two games are at two really good venues where spin has played a part historically. I would be staggered if Ashwin is not on the teamsheet on Thursday morning."

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