Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the England team faces tough challenges ahead and if they do not get their act together it will be difficult for them to remain at the top of the ICC Rankings as the best Test team in the world.

Vaughan: Pakistan a real threat

England cannot afford to under-estimate Pakistan when the two sides meet in the United Arab Emirates next month, according to Michael Vaughan.

The former England captain believes that Pakistan are “a potential threat” to the world’s number one Test side, and pointed to their bowling attack as the main reason for this.

He claimed the side have a “rock-solid” bowling line-up and this means that Pakistan are more than capable of catching England cold in the first Test.


Michael Vaughan was distinctly unimpressed by England's performances at the World Cup, as he took a look back at England's season as a whole.

Whilst England are the current top-ranked Test team in the World, their One-Day and Twenty20 rankings have spectacularly fallen from grace. In the One-Day World Cup they fell out of the competition before it had even got properly started!


Michael vaughan has said that he is favouring Sri Lanka for the next ODI series. The last time these two met was admittedly in Sri Lankan conditions but a ten-wicket defeat in any circumstances represents a huge gulf in quality.

England were ok at the last World Cup with inspired performances against both South Africa and India in particular but the brand of cricket they played simply wasn't in the same league as that of Tuesday's opponents or eventual winners India. I'd stick some free bets on England.


Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that Duncan Fletcher has the ability to handle the media in India.

Vaughan wrote on his Twitter account that Fletcher will make good use of the talent available in the Indian team but being in the limelight is something he has never "understood".

"Duncan will work well with all the talent.. His biggest challenge will come from the media..he has never really understood how it works..!!" tweeted Vaughan, who captained the side that won the Ashes in 2005 after 18 years and under the supervision of Fletcher.


Former skipper Michael Vaughan has said that England should be taking more risks in order to win the World Cup.

Vaughan, who captained England in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, thinks the side who perform best with the ball will lift the trophy in Mumbai on 2 April.

England have impressed with the bat so far in this tournament, racking up scores of 296, 338 and 327.


England's Michael Vaughan has warned England team about their continuation of their previous mistakes. The tour programme in Australia was too long. The players are clearly emotionally and physically knackered and I would have liked to see England be a bit more proactive in sending some of the guys home, particularly Andrew Strauss, for a couple of weeks.

We have the players to succeed in the sub-continent, and we could still do that, but we are asking a lot from the players to perform to a high standard in the World Cup having been in Australia for four months.


Michael Vaughan has said that he wants India to be an example for the UK in terms of cricket. India are the clear 4.4 favourites and that's for a reason. I was going to try and identify who I thought their best players were but before I knew it I'd found myself jotting down seven or eight names; they're that good and their side has that many match winners. If I were to pick just one though it would be that man Virender Sehwag.


Michael Vaughan has said that Australia should be really worried about their alarming dip in form after the recent Ashes losses. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s several England players such as captains Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain were bullied and beaten by a dominant Australia, their form dropping any time they played in an Ashes contest.

But Vaughan, who guided England to a breakthrough Ashes victory on home soil in 2005, says Australia's crop of inexperienced Test players could suffer similar problems after the 3-1 thrashing they received.


Michael Vaughan says that England are going all the way in the Ashes. After dominant performances with ball and bat, the fourth Ashes Test is England's all the way. I thought they were the value bet at the start of the Test and, after two terrific days, the Betfair market agrees, with Andrew Strauss' men in to 1.18 to win.

There is so much time left in the game and I think England can bowl Australia out again, probably for around 250.