Vaughan blasts Moeen selection: I don't see what he's going to offer
Michael Vaughan believes England made a mistake by selecting the out-of-form Moeen Ali for the fourth Ashes Test.
Moeen bowled only six overs on Boxing Day, one fewer than part-time spinner Dawid Malan, and gave up 35 runs as his woes worsened.
The all-rounder has claimed just three wickets in the series at an eye-watering average of 117, while his contribution with the bat – 116 runs at 19.33 – has also been hugely disappointing.
With the five-match contest already beyond England and Moeen a fitness doubt coming into the Melbourne Test, Vaughan feels the 30-year-old should have been dropped.
The former England captain told the BBC's Test Match Special: I wouldn't have played him this week. I don't see what he's going to offer.
"I'd have played the young leg-spinner, Mason Crane."
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"If that means Moeen doesn't play, sorry we have to find a better balanced attack."
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Australia ended day one at the MCG on 244-3, Steve Smith hitting an unbeaten 65 after David Warner had compiled a hundred.