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Michael Vaughan reacts to England defeat and Moeen Ali’s decision to head home

Moeen Ali will play no further part in England’s Test series in India (Picture: Getty)

Michael Vaughan hit out at England’s selectors following the side’s comprehensive defeat to India in the second Test and questioned why they continue to ‘swap and change’ the squad at the start of an Ashes year.

The tourists fell to their biggest ever loss on Asian soil after being bowled out for just 164 on the fourth day which handed India a 317-run victory with over a day and half remaining.

It leaves the series fascinatingly poised at 1-1 heading into the final two Tests but Ali – who top scored for England with the bat (6 and 43) and took eight wickets in Chennai – will play no further part.

England squad for third Test against India in Ahmedabad

Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have been recalled to England’s squad after being rested for the first two Tests.

On Ali flying home, England skipper Joe Root explained: ‘It was not about asking him if he wanted to stay. It was a decision he chose.

‘He wants to get out the bubble and that is absolutely fair enough. ‘We respect where he is at.’

Kohli led India to a crushing victory over England in the second Test (Picture: Pankaj Nangia / ECB)

Root added: ‘It’s obviously been a very tricky tour for him.

‘As mentioned at the start, if players feel like they need to get out the bubble then that’s been an option and I think it’s really important that we stand by that.

‘That decision’s been made and hopefully he feels better for it.’

A baffled Vaughan has questioned England ‘swapping and changing’ their squad (Picture Getty)

Former England captain Vaughan fears for Root and co. after their crushing loss and believes India had ‘too much skill’ for them at Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

‘India are far too good in these conditions… England would have got closer if they had won the toss but still lost against this highly skilled team in these conditions,’ Vaughan told his 1.2 million followers on Twitter.

‘If the next two Tests spin from ball one it will be 3-1 to India.

‘The last partnership was 38, highest for England in the match !! 317 run victory is more than a hammering!!

‘Well played India… Too much skill for England this week.’

On England’s new-look squad for the third Test, Vaughan tweeted: ‘I thought Test cricket was the main priority after 2019 to make sure England try and get back the Ashes !!!!!

‘Why is it then that the Test team is being swapped & changed every week but the T20 team are at full strength !!!!!

‘Moeen now off home after 1 Test in 18 months !!!’

England will hope to dust themselves off and swing the momentum back in their favour in Ahmedabad’s pink-ball Test which begins on February 24.

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