NO PRESSURE

Michael Vaughan has said that there is not much pressure on the newly appointed England test captain, Alastair Cook, as the England team is not expected to do very well on the India tour.

When asked about his thoughts on the tough first assignment of Alastair Cook as the test captain of England, Vaughan said, “It’s obviously a very tough assignment for a newly appointed captain, but, I think he is not under huge pressure. England has not played well in the subcontinent of late and everyone knows that the English team is not the favourite to win the upcoming series. England is going into this series as underdogs. So, I think Cook is under lesser pressure on this tour.”

“It’s true that Cook is only 27 years old at the moment, but, he is not inexperienced. He has already represented England in more than 80 test matches. He has played under quite a few captains and he knows how to lead the team in test matches. I think he is going to do well in India.”

When asked about the inclusion of Pietersen in the England squad, Vaughan said, “England needed Pietersen badly. He is going to be the trump card of the team on this tour.”

“Pietersen is a game changer. He is the one who can take the attack to the opposition. You need such kind of players in the subcontinent. India has got a couple of quality spinners and you want somebody to attack them. If you keep blocking them, they would settle into a good rhythm and made the run scoring difficult.”

“It’s going to be an interesting battle. India is clearly the favourite team to win the series. But, you never know with this English team. They have got some real match winners.”