VAUGHAN WARNS ENGLAND

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.

The players are picking up injuries leading into the tournament and when you look at teams who have won the World Cup in the past, they have the spine of their team sorted and are playing good cricket by this stage.

VAUGHAN POINTS TO INDIA

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.

People talk about him as one of the great entertainers but that only tells half the story. Those big sixes at the top of the order are great to watch but dispatching the opening bowlers to every part of the ground also puts the opposition under huge pressure from very early on. He scores plenty of runs and he scores them very quickly and is probably the player in world cricket who is most capable of winning a match on his own.

VAUGHAN EXPLAINS AUSTRALIAN SITUATION

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.
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”If Australia aren’t careful, these young players will be scarred,” Vaughan said.

VAUGHAN BACKS ENGLAND

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.

There is so much pressure on the Aussies, they are playing with so little confidence and some players are playing for their places in the team. I can easily envisage them folding again in the second innings and concentrating on the fifth and final test, hoping for a fresh start in Sydney.

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.

“I have finished my career and I am delighted I have got another career,” said Michael Vaughan, who has now become a television commentator. “But you ask any England captain over the last 30 years and they look forward to the Ashes.