England would prefer going into Ashes with three pacers: Mark Butcher

Former England cricketer Mark Butcher believes England would prefer to go into the upcoming Ashes series against arch rivals Australia with the redoubtable pace trio of James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and tearaway Mark Wood.
The high-stakes Ashes series will start from June 16. “We think England’s preferred choice of bowling attack would be Anderson, Robinson, and Wood, in terms of the three quicks. We still don’t know what [Ben] Stokes’ status is. I’m sure he will be absolutely fine, but if that isn’t the case, Stuart Broad today looked a little bit on the tardy side, a little slow, and lacking in penetration when the ball was a little bit older,” Butcher told Sky Sports.
England have already set sights on the Ashes series after trouncing England in a one-off Test, while Australia will go into the prestigious red-ball series after playing India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Butcher, the former England opener, also had his say on young pacer Josh Tongue, who got himself on the Lord’s Honours board with a brilliant spell of 5/66 in his debut Test against Ireland.
“Until Josh Tongue got the ball back in his hand, and England went to a slightly more orthodox method of operating—going away from the short ball—there were one or two concerns. The main one being Jack Leach’s difficulties in bowling to left-handers,” he told Sky Sports. England has announced a 16-member squad for the first two matches of the Ashes series, retaining the same group from the one-off Test against Ireland. Josh Tongue found a place alongside James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, both of whom were ruled out of the Lord’s Test.

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