England should move drummer Joe Denly “to one side,” said former captain Michael Vaughan.
Denly’s dismissal for 29 on the fourth day of the first test against the West Indies means that he has passed eight innings without reaching 40.
One of Denly or Zak Crawley, who made 76, should make his way when Captain Joe Root returns for the second test.
“England has a decision to make on Denly. Crawley must surely stay on the side, “Vaughan told BBC Sport.
Denly, 33, has averaged 29.53 in 15 tests since her debut in 2019.
He has the highest score of 94 – against Australia last summer – and has made a habit of spoiling good starts.
Saturday’s 70-ball innings, which ended with Roston Chase’s short-term tamed short-term token, were the sixth time in eight innings he had passed 25 without scoring more than 40.
“Joe Denly played as he did in his 15 tests,” said Vaughan. “It was the same story. He took the hard yards and then made a mistake. “
Denley, Kent’s teammate Crawley is 22, and his elegant 76 in Southampton was his second half-century in five tests.
“It’s not even a conversation,” said Vaughan, captain of England in 51 of his 82 tests.
“You could say that Denly was very lucky to have played 15 test matches. There are a lot of players who only played eight tests and got hundreds of them.
“He missed his chance and they have to stay with Crawley. I’m sorry for Denly – he’s just not good enough. ”
Crawley would not be drawn to speculation about who would be on the team when Root returned from paternity leave at Old Trafford.
“It’s not up to me to say,” said Crawley. “My job is to score points, and that is what I will try to continue doing as long as I have the opportunity.
“It is up to the public authorities to decide. Joe has been extremely successful in the past year and it is a difficult scenario. ”
When Crawley shared a fourth 98 partnership with Ben Stokes, it looked like England was heading for a position of strength.
But the two fell into successive overs, starting a slide of five wickets for 30 runs.
England closed in 284-8, leading by 170, leaving the West Indies as favorites for the victory on what could be an exciting final day.
“There was a point there when we felt at the top,” said Crawley. “It’s really a shame to lose ticket offices quickly.
“Everyone in the locker room is looking forward to trying to help win the game tomorrow. “