Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann on Tuesday (July 2) has suggested that Eoin Morgan-led side should sideline their leading wicket-taker at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, in a bid to pick off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali for their crucial clash against New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the Three Lions will take on the Black Caps on Wednesday (July 3) at the Riverside Ground in Durham.
With many baffled by Swann’s call, it’s evident that bowling all-rounder Archer has snared 16 scalps in eight fixtures. While playing his first World Cup, Archer had bowled 90 miles-plus to trouble the best in business.
Talking about Archer’s inclusion in the England squad, he has impressed the selectors with his versatility.
Meanwhile, the experienced spinner believes Chester-le-Street surface will assist the spinners.
Graeme Swann backs Moeen Ali for Durham game:
Earlier, Ali had missed the game against India on June 30 when Liam Plunkett replaced him for the crucial tie. Eventually, England won the match by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
“I’ve been up at The Riverside Ground this week and, from looking at the wicket, I think Moe
en Ali should come back into the side,’ Swann told Betfair.
Durham pitch to assist slow bowlers:
The 40-year-old former England star Swann is confident that track will witness spin. He believes speedster Mark Wood is in good stead. He admitted the fact that it might surprise many, but he would’ve preferred Ali over Archer for their do-or-die clash.
The 29-year-old right-arm pacer Wood has 13 wickets to his name in seven matches.
However, Ali has miserably failed with the bat. He managed just 75 in five innings at an unhealthy average of 18.75. Also, he has five wickets to his name in as many games.
“This pitch is quite slow and it will turn. It doesn’t really suit fast bowlers so I’d look to rest one. Mark Wood has found a great rhythm, so I wouldn’t take him out. It might sound crazy but if I were picking the side, I’d rest Jofra Archer and bring Moeen back,” Swann said.
In the previous game, England got boosted with the return of Jason Roy, who slammed 57-ball 66. Also, Jonny Bairstow recorded his first World Cup hundred to keep England’s semi-final hopes alive following two consecutive losses against Sri Lanka and Australia.