Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes give England selection dilemma
By Sky Sports Cricket
Last Updated: 21/06/18 3:53pm
England's one-day team is on the march - so should Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes walk back into the starting line-up when fit?
That was the question we posed to pundits Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain ahead of the fourth one-day international at Emirates Riverside.
Click on the video above to hear the former England captains share their views, plus they also mull over what Australia's strongest team could look like when all players are available for selection.
"You have to play Ben Stokes," says Atherton. "He gives you so much in all areas of the game; he's a destructive player, not that England are short of those! He is an extra bowler and the best fielder in the England team.
"Woakes gives you wicket-taking options with the new ball and excellent death bowling. He also offers you depth with the bat."
But Hussain says the duo shouldn't just walk back in.
"If you are going to leave one of Roy, Bairstow or Hales out then you'd better come in and perform.
"The older I've got the more I've gone 'horses for courses'. If it's a Trent Bridge sort of surface, do you need that extra batter? Do you need Joe Root going in with two or three overs to go? I'd have played the extra bowler there.
"But when you get to Cardiff in an ICC semi-final and it's a turning pitch, I'd want the extra batter.
"But yes, on a normal pitch, I would leave out whoever is the least in nick of Hales, Roy or Bairstow."
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