VAUGHAN ADVICES PONTING

Michael Vaughan has suggested to Ricky Ponting that he should go into defensive mode if he is to win the Ashes. As a captain you can make an average team better through your tactics and management. You can make indifferent bowlers look better by giving them more plans and working out a system.

Ponting is not doing that at the moment and I wonder if it is because he is so used to being an aggressive captain for so long because he had such great players at his disposal.

VAUGHAN HOPES FOR AN IMPRESSIVE RESULT IN THE ASHES

Michael Vaughan has said that he is backing England to in the ashes series this time around. "I think with what's happening in the world game over the last 12 months, so much scandal surrounding cricket, I really think a fantastic Ashes series, one that I hope will go all the way to Sydney, is just what Test cricket needs," Vaughan told reporters.

Vaughan, who led England to an Ashes series win at home in 2005 before retiring from the game three years later, said every former England captain was looking forward to the Ashes.

VAUGHAN CRITICISES PETERSON

Michael Vaughan criticised Kevin Peterson for his controversial twitter comments. Pietersen reacted angrily to the decision to drop him from the forthcoming Twenty20 and one-day internationals against Pakistan and posted an expletive before quickly deleting the entry.

VAUGHAN BLAMES ICC

Michael Vaughan has blamed ICC for not keeping cricket clean. London based bookie Mazhar Majeed was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers over an alleged betting scam involving several cricketers from the Pakistan team but was later released on bail.

British tabloid The News of the World claimed that it paid Majeed for advance details of when three no balls would be played in the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan, which the former won by an innings and 225 runs to win the series 3-1.

VAUGHAN: MATCH-FIXING NOT WIDE-SPREAD

Former England captain Michael Vaughan claims he knows of a player who has been approached to take part in fixing - but does not believe it is widespread in the game.

Essex duo Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield were arrested and bailed earlier this season as part of an investigation into spot-betting - gambling on specific events within a game.

VAUGHAN EXCITED BY ENGLAND

Michael Vaughan believes England can challenge for glory at the ICC World Twenty20 due to the strength of their batting line-up.

The former England skipper identified Kevin Pietersen's well-being and the new-look opening partnership of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb as vital components for the campaign in the West Indies.

England have failed to make a significant run in either of the two World Twenty20 competitions so far played, most recently on home ground last summer.

And they are also still searching for a first ICC tournament trophy in their history.