Ashes Adam Hollioake: England batsmen should be backed

Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are under pressure, but Adam Hollioake believes England should stick with them.

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Adam Hollioake: England batsmen should be backed

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Adam Hollioake believes England's out-of-sorts top-order batsmen should be given a chance to redeem themselves in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week.

Australia responded to losing the first Test in Cardiff by consigning England to a crushing 405-run defeat inside four days at Lord's on Sunday.

Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are under the microscope after failing again as England were reduced to 30-4 in their first innings before being bowled out for 312, before being skittled out for a meagre 103 second time around.

Jonny Bairstow and James Taylor have been talked up as candidates to come into the England side in Birmingham and the selectors are due to meet on Tuesday, but Hollioake sees no reason for a knee-jerk reaction to the Lord's hammering.

The former England all-rounder told Omnisport: "It's easy to get rid of people, but there's no point in getting rid of them if there are no better options to come in and replace them.

"Some of these guys are young guys, some are experienced. The experienced guys seem to be going alright and have also scored runs recently. Lyth is maybe the one you'd look at, but who are you going to bring in instead? You've got to have a better option.

"I'd be tempted to say 'we lost the toss, that's the way it happened, we're going to stick by you. You got us into this mess, so you've got to get us out of it'. It will be a test of character for the selectors as much as anything."

Lyth has made only 50 runs in four innings in the series so far after scoring his maiden Test century against New Zealand, but Hollioake thinks it could be too early to judge the Yorkshire opener.

He added: "We probably don't know enough yet. On one hand we obviously want the best people playing for England, but we also want to make sure if someone gets given the chance then they get the chance to prove they are the right person and are not just lobbed out.

"Otherwise you create an atmosphere of people coming in fearing failure, they have one bad innings and they're out. So there is a balancing act."

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