England should stick to basics against Smith, says Vaughan

England are already on ‘Plan X’ against Steve Smith who has made them toil according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

Smith who scored more than half of Australia’s first innings total of 284 is currently not out with a half-century under his belt in the second innings.

“Steve Smith has frazzled England in only his second innings of the series,” Vaughan was quoted of saying by the BBC.

“He’s a freak of nature, he reads the ball and the field so well.

“England captain Joe Root is on Plan X – you can understand that, I’d be doing the same.”

Smith scored 687 runs at an average of 137.40 in the last Ashes before his one-year ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018. In the last 10 innings against England, Smith averages over 145.

According to Vaughan England need to experiment less and stick to the basics and hope Smith makes a mistake.

“You’ve got to bowl full on off stump and just hope one nips back and get him lbw or bowled or one nips away and he’s caught behind,” he said.

“The more you see him and the more you see England try all these different things, I just think you’ve got to break it down to the basics of the game,” the former captain said.

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