VAUGHAN HAILS COOK

Michael Vaughan has hailed Alastair Cook for his brilliant batting and captaincy in the ongoing test series against India and has said that Cook is one of the greatest test batsmen that England has ever produced.

Vaughan looked pretty impressed with the way Cook has led the team in the series so far. He said, “Cook has had a fantastic start as the test captain. I am very impressed with his captaincy. He has been pro active and has rotated the bowlers brilliantly. His field settings have also been quite impressive in the first three test matches.”

“The most important thing is that he has led from the front. He has shown the way to the other batsmen.”
“The best quality of Alastair Cook is that he is a fantastic guy. He doesn’t have issues with any player in the team. He has got great man management qualities.”

When asked what English batsmen have done differently on this tour, Vaughan said, “I think they have applied themselves brilliantly this time around. They are looking more determined and they have made some adjustments to their technique. They are using their feet against the spinners pretty well.”

When asked whether he had expected England to do well in this series, Vaughan said, “Frankly speaking, I had thought that we would be thrashed in this series and after the Ahmedabad test, I had started thinking that India would win this series by 4-0. But, Alastair Cook’s boys have proved me wrong. They have surprised everyone with their performance in the previous two matches.”

“If we go on to win this series, this would be one of our biggest victories. But, for that, England would have to play well in Nagpur.”

The fourth test match between Indian and England will start from 13th of December at Nagpur.

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.”

ROOT IMPRESSES VAUGHAN

The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that Joe Root is an incredible talent and he will definitely do well on the India tour.

Joe Root has been selected in the test squad of England for the test series against India. He is a 21 years old opening batsman from Yorkshire. After the retirement of Andrew Strauss, an opener had to be included in the England test team. The selectors were expected to select an experienced first class opener for the tour of India, but, that didn’t happen. The selectors decided to go with young Root who according to Vaughan is one of the finest young players in the country.

A few days before the announcement of the England test squad for the India tour, Vaughan had said that the selectors should include Root in the squad on Strauss’ place as he had got a very good temperament.

When asked whether he is happy with Root’s selection in the squad, Vaughan replied. “Yes, I am very happy for the youngster. He performed in the domestic circuit and he got selected. Now, he will have to prove himself at the international level. It’s not easy to fill in the shoes of a player like Strauss. He was one of the finest opening batsmen from England. But, Root has got a lot of potential and I am sure he will deliver against India.”

When asked about Nick Compton who also managed to find a place in the test squad, Vaughan said, “Nick has been around for quite some time now and he has always been a heavy run getter in domestic cricket. But, In India, he will get slow, turning tracks which he would not have seen much in his career. He will be tested on that tour by the classy spinners of India.”

VAUGHAN BACKS ROOT

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that the Yorkshire batsman Joe Root should be given the opportunity to open the innings with Alistair Cook in the test matches for England. Due to the retirement of Andrew Strauss from test cricket, the opening slot in the test team is up for grabs. Root has performed brilliantly for Yorkshire this season. He has scored more than 600 runs so far at an average of 55.

As per Vaughan, Root could be an ideal replacement for Strauss. He is a classical, young player and he has got a fantastic temperament. His technique is pretty sound and he deserves a place in the England test team. According to some reports, the English selectors are planning to move Jonathan Trott from no. 3 to the opening slot. On being asked about that, Vaughan said that the selectors should look for a specialist opener rather than a makeshift one. Jonathan Trott is doing well at no. 3 and there is no point moving him to the opening slot. There are so many talented opening batsmen going around in the domestic circuit and the selectors should include one of them in the squad.

England has to visit India in November this year to play a series of 4 test matches. The English selectors would announce the England squad for that series after a few days. On being asked about that series, Vaughan said that the tour of India is not going to be an easy one for the England side. The pitches in India would be quite dry and spinner friendly. There would not be pace and bounce for the England fast bowlers on those pitches. So, that tour would be a test of character for the England test team.

VAUGHAN BACKS SMITH

Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan, has said that Graeme Smith is a motivational leader and he is one of the best captains in world cricket at the moment. In the Lord’s test match, Smith will break the world record of Allan Border of captaining in the maximum number of test matches. Border had captained Australia in 93 test matches, while, the Lord’s test will be the 94th test of Smith as the South African captain. As per Vaughan, Smith was given the captaincy when the South African cricket was in crisis. But, he didn’t let his country down.

After 2003 world cup, Cricket South Africa shocked everyone by appointing a 22 year old youngster, Graeme Smith, as the captain. Smith had only played 6 test matches when he was named as the captain. Cricket South Africa was criticized a lot for this decision. But, Smith proved the critics wrong in his very first test series as the captain. South Africa visited England in 2003 under Smith’s captaincy and played pretty well. Smith himself performed brilliantly with the bat and scored two consecutive double hundreds in the first two test matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively. He played an inning of 277 runs in the first test and 259 runs in the second test. South Africa had defeated England by an inning in the second test match at Lord’s.

As per Vaughan it is not easy to captain a test team at a young age of 22 years. But, Smith didn’t let his age come in the way of his captaincy. Vaughan said that Smith is not only a good captain; he is a very good opening batsman as well. He has played some outstanding innings for South Africa in test cricket. As per Vaughan, Smith is only 31 years of age at the moment and he can still captain South Africa for another 4 or 5 years.

WAKE UP CALL

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has said that South Africa’s victory against England in the first test match is a ‘wake up call’ for the English team. He said that he hasn’t seen a touring team performing that well in England for a long time. South Africa outplayed England in all the departments. As per Vaughan, as the test match progressed, the performance of the English team gradually deteriorated.

Vaughan said that when South Africa began its first inning on the second day, the conditions were not ideal for batting. The ball was moving around a bit and South Africa could have easily lost two or three wickets. But, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla played pretty well. They put their head down and played the ball according to its merit. As per Vaughan, that was a pretty crucial period of the test match. Had England taken 3 wickets on that second day, the scenario could have been different. On the third day, the conditions were batsman friendly and Smith and Amla played the English bowlers with ease.

Vaughan said that Graeme Swann is a key bowler for England. When he doesn’t take wickets, the team always struggles. The South African batsmen, especially Smith, played Swann brilliantly. As per Vaughan, with Smith in such kind of form, South Africa becomes a very dangerous team. He said that if Smith gets runs at the top, South Africa will always put up a big score.

Amla is a run machine. He will always score runs for you. Kallis is one of the most consistent players in world cricket. If you go pass all three of them, then you have to face AB De Villiers, who, according to Vaughan, is the most exciting batsman in the world at the moment. Vaughan said that the England players will have to play out of their skins to make a come back in the series.

Vaughan to Feature in Strictly Come Dancing

Former captain of the England Cricket Team Michael Vaughan will be among the star cast at this season’s Strictly Come Dancing, it has been announced.

The former English opening batsman has put pen to paper on an agreement with BBC One that airs the show to be a part of it for the season after he was assured by his friend and former Manchester United youth team player and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage who took part in the show in its last season.

Michael Vaughan has been one of the most successful captains that England have had in Test cricket in recent times and he led his team to Ashes glory against the eternal enemy the Australians in 2005, which he considers to be the highest point of his cricketing career. Ever since he retired from cricket after injury cut short his career, Vaughan has been a regular in the commentary box and the newspaper columns but this is his first attempt at something which has nothing to do with cricket.

An inside source from the Sun reported that the former captain was chuffed that BBC One had asked him to take part in the show but he was still uncertain about it. He was not sure about dressing up in an entirely pink costume for the show and such other things and also having to learn to dance.

He also got in touch with some of his friends in the sporting circle and Robbie Savage was the one who managed him to commit to the show after assuring him that it would be fun and that he had a ball during the show last year. Michael Vaughan would be in the company of Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough who won the show when they participated in 2005 and 2006.

Vaughan Talks About Retirement

If there is any person in the England cricketing circles who knows how painful it actually is to retire from the game he so passionately played and loved, it is the former England skipper Michael Vaughan who hung up his boots in 2008 when he was still the captain of the team and so moved was he that he was reduced to tears as he departed the wicket after making his final bow.

And it is on this subject that the former England captain talks about in the new documentary that is to be aired on the BBC, titled Sporting Heroes: After the Final Whistle.
Speaking on the documentary, Vaughan said that he cried that time because he was giving up something that he had loved passionately.

He also added that one does go through a period of mourning after calling time on their careers, in spite of the fact that he had planned his retirement out some two or three years ahead of when he finally retired. Although Michael Vaughan has since moved on, he was faced with questions regarding the future of one of those who succeeded him as the captain of the England national team, Andrew Strauss, the English skipper in Tests.

Many people had raised questions over his ability to perform last winter as the team went on a downward spiral, losing four Test matches back to back and his own form also suffering with just one score of 100+ in 50 innings.

Speaking on the topic, Michael Vaughan stated that he would actually be amazed if Strauss hadn’t planned ahead but he doesn’t see any reason why he should call time on his career just now. He added that although Strauss is under pressure, the series against the West Indies is just the impetus he needs to get back in form.

RETURN THE BAT

Michael Vaughan has called for public help to find the possessions of the late Ben Hollioake’s which were stolen from his parent’s house in a home invasion.

Hollioake died ten years ago in his home town of Perth at the age of 24 in a car accident.

He played two tests and twenty one day internationals for England and his loss was a shock to the International cricket community. Many believed that he was capable of playing at the top level for several years and being one of the games greats.

Ben Hollioake’s brother broke the news to the world and pleaded for help to recover the lost items. Many of the possessions were of sentimental value to the family and their loss hase been devastating to the family.

While police have recovered some of the stolen items, much of it is still missing and police are appealing for public for help.

In a tweet Micael Vaughn wrote ‘Please help find the idiots who have broken into @adamhollioake parents’ house and stole Ben’s England possessions.’

Vaughn went onto urge all Australians and international buyers to be vigilant when buying cricket memorabilia and to report any suspicious items to police. While it still isn’t known exactly what was stolen, any item relating to Hollioake should be viewed with a great deal of caution. It is expected that the robbers will attempt to sell what they stole.

Kevin Pietersen has also hit the tweetersphere to appeal to hisfollowers for help. He tweeted: “Please help find the idiots who have broken into @adamhollioake parents house and stole Ben’s England possessions.”

Among the items known to be stolen are One day international shirts and helmets, Test apparel and a range of cricket equipment used during his short international cricketing career.

Hopefully the bat will turn up. Meanwhile Michael Vaughan’s attention will switch to the England tour next week, with the latest cricket online betting making England firm favourites.

WHAT A PLAYER

Michael Paul Vaughan is presently a retired cricketer who had played for the England cricket team. Michael Vaughan was a classic right handed batsmen and usually otherwise a bowler. In the 2002-03 Ashes, Michael Vaughan was considered to be one of the top ranked batsmen scoring 633 runs which included three centuries.

Michael Vaughan captained the England cricket team for a very long time and is always remembered for his captaincy. He captained the team for 51 tests and won more than half (around 26 of them). However the main edge of his captaincy career came upon him when the team came up with a 2-1 victory in the 2005 Ashes. In the year 009 on the 30th of June he retired as a captain.

In the series against Sri Lanka, Michael Vaughan failed to make a good score when he opened the batting line up with Cook. He then traveled to New Zealand but there also he failed to make an impact losing the 3 Test match series having an average of only 20.05. However despite all of this he led England to a first away series in 3 years time.

Michael Vaughan scored his eighteenth century this time scoring 106 runs out of 214 deliveries. This marked his first century against New Zealand and his sixth one at Lords. In the following test matches against South Africa, Michael Vaughan performed miserably scoring just 2, 0 and then 21 in the first three test matches. Coming under pressure to perform well he then scored a duck and the England cricket team got all out in just 231 runs. Michael Vaughan not only stepped down as England Captain but he also made himself unavailable for the final test in Oval due to the lack of wins.