Michael Vaughan played a brisk innings opening the batting with Matthew Hayden for the Warne’s Warriors in the second match of the Cricket All Stars series presently taking place in America.
By virtue of the good start given by him, his team managed to put a huge score on the board which eventually turned out to be too much for the opposition to chase.
Vaughan would be slightly disappointed though that he couldn’t continue for as long as he should have. The way he was timing the ball, on a flat surface, he would have liked himself to at least score a half century, but, he was done by his countryman Graeme Swann who trapped him in front of the middle stump as he tried to tuck a quicker delivery towards square leg.
Although, Vaughan played quite a few shots during that knock of his, but, a couple of them stood out in particular, a lofted extra cover drive which sailed into the stands and a pull in front of square which went to the boundary line at the rate of knots.
While, he was out there, Vaughan, it never seemed as if he’s somebody who retired from the game long ago.
Everything was coming off the middle of the bat.
Vaughan was not picked in the XI in the first game by his captain Shane Warne who had opted to go for an extra fast bowler instead believing that the pitch would help the quickies a fraction there in New York.
But, Vaughan got his opportunity in Houston and he did well enough to make sure he would retain his opening slot in the last game of the series which will be played in Los Angeles.
The Warriors have already taken an unbeatable lead of 2-0. So, the third game would be a dead rubber from the series’ point of view, but, with all these legends playing, there can never be a dead rubber for the spectators.