Stuart Broad and James Anderson should not play together for England any more, says Michael Vaughan

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Michael Vaughan believes Stuart Broad and James Anderson should not play together for England any more.

The pair are England’s leading wicket-takers in Test cricket, Anderson with 575 scalps and Broad 467, but, at 38 and 33 respectively, former England captain Vaughan feels they need to be deployed wisely.

Anderson missed virtually the entire Ashes series after suffering a calf injury in the first Test and will have passed his 40th birthday by the time England next visit Australia.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers & Vaughan show, Vaughan said: “I don’t think it is right both of them play now.

“It might be that Broad plays one series and Anderson plays one series.

“They are not going to like it but they are at that stage of their careers where England are going to have to manage the combination very smartly.”

Jofra Archer made a huge impact after replacing Anderson in the side while 21-year-old Sam Curran impressed in England’s victory in the final Test at the Oval.

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England skipper Joe Root delighted to draw Ashes series and determined to bring urn home

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England skipper Joe Root.

Joe Root was delighted to end English cricket’s golden summer on a high after drawing the Ashes, but will not rest until the urn is back on home soil.

The England captain arrived at The Oval this week knowing Australia would retain after taking an unassailable lead in Manchester last week, but walked off the field having squared the scoreline at 2-2 with a 135-run victory.

By bowling out the tourists for 263 – Stuart Broad and Jack Leach sharing eight wickets and Root’s part-time off-spin responsible for the other two – England not only averted a first home defeat in the series since 2001, but also ended their World Cup-winning domestic campaign on a high.

“I was desperate to win this series but 2-2 looks a hell of a lot better than 3-1, that’s for sure,” said Root.

“What a summer of cricket it’s been. The World Cup was incredible, fantastic viewing. The cricket was gripping and to back it up with such an evenly matched Ashes series…for English cricket, that’s a success.”

It does not take much for Root to reveal his primary ambition, though, to finally lead his country to victory against their biggest rivals.

He oversaw a 4-0 loss at the first attempt, has gone one better this time and is now fully focused on doing whatever it takes to get the job done behind enemy lines in 2021-22.

“Hopefully this will be a massive stepping stone and the starting point for us to kick on as a team,” he said.

“We’ve got an opportunity now to really push and do everything we can to prepare extremely well for that next tour of Australia. That’s going to be a huge focus for me and, I’d like to hope, for English cricket.

“That’s got to be our main focus – going down there and winning. Every Test match between now and then is an opportunity to push your case. I’m desperate to take this team forward and I will do everything I can to prepare us for that series.”

No Englishman emerges from the last few months in greater credit than Ben Stokes, the hero of the World Cup final at Lord’s and the man behind a contender for best Test innings of all time to keep the series alive at Headingley.

Ben Stokes

Both moments will live long in the memory but Root’s vice-captain insisted he would trade personal glory for team success.

“It was disappointing to know we couldn’t get the Ashes back but we came here with a lot of pride and looking to draw the series,” said Stokes.

“I’ll look back on winning at Headingley in a few years’ time with fond memories probably, but I’d swap it for winning the Ashes.”

Visiting captain Tim Paine had hoped to be Australia’s first captain to win in England for 18 years but was more than happy with the consolation prize.

“We’re taking the urn home, that’s certainly what we came here to do,” he said.

“Overall, if you’d said we would’ve been taking them home, we’d have jumped out and taken it.

“To be captain of a team that’s come here and retained the Ashes is something that I’m sure I’ll never forget.”

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Alex Stewart and Chris Silverwood among favourites to replace Trevor Bayliss as England coach

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Trevor Bayliss has completed his work as England’s head coach after four years at the helm.

Here, the PA news agency looks at those who might be vying to replace him.

Chris Silverwood

England’s pace bowling coach is the leading candidate among Bayliss’ existing staff, though Graham Thorpe may be interested too. He ticks key boxes as both a homegrown option and one with tangible success on his CV, having won both divisions of the County Championship with Essex.

Alec Stewart

A former Test captain with gravitas and experience to burn. As director of cricket at Surrey he has an exhaustive knowledge of the county game. Whether or not he is willing and able to take on the demands of the job is unclear.

Ottis Gibson

Well versed in the international game after stints in charge of both the West Indies and South Africa and has enjoyed two separate spells as England’s pace bowling coach. Would need to persuade the ECB that he has fresh ideas.

Mickey Arthur

Like Gibson a seasoned campaigner on the global circuit but, after spells as boss of South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, could be deemed stale.

Jason Gillespie

Highly fancied to get the job when interviewed four years ago only for Andrew Strauss to opt for Bayliss. England may baulk at going for two Australians in a row and, though respected, his work at Sussex has not been as successful as his prior engagement at Yorkshire.

And the ones who are otherwise engaged

The ECB have recently appointed eight head coaches for the inaugural season of The Hundred next year. Of those Gary Kirsten, Tom Moody, Andrew McDonald and Stephen Fleming might all have been possible options for the England job.

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