Strauss suggests England changes

Former England (6/1 – 2015 World Cup outright) captain Andrew Strauss has urged the selectors to experiment in the final Test of the Ashes against Australia after going 4-0 down in the series on Sunday.

Following the batting collapse on Saturday, England went into the fourth day in Melbourne hoping for a minor miracle in their bid to win their first match Down Under, but it wasn’t to be as Chris Rogers made his second Test century before going for 116 and was ably aided by Shane Watson who finished the day unbeaten on 83.

The result means the Baggy Greens are now 4-0 up in the series and a victory next week in Sydney will hand England their second Ashes whitewash in seven years (Match Betting – Australia 8/11, draw 11/4, England 7/2).

With Andy Flower’s men struggling throughout their time Down Under, it’s now been suggested that the selectors should look to mix things up for the clash at the SCG with Strauss proposing that Gary Ballance and Steven Finn deserve a start.

Ballance has been in fine form with the bat for Yorkshire in 2013, while despite being relatively expensive with the ball, Finn has the pace to unsettle the Australian rearguard and the former England skipper believes this is the perfect chance to experiment as the team start to look towards the future.

“I would be looking to get Ballance in too – he’s got a very good reputation around the counties,” he said on Sky Sports. “This is an opportunity to see if he is ready for Test cricket.

“Maybe now is also the time to give Steven Finn the ball again and say ‘ok, you haven’t been in great nick but we know you are a quality player – get out there in the middle and prove your worth to this England side because you are one guy that could play for the next 10 years; we can build a side around you’.”

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