VAUGHAN PRAISES UL-HAQ

Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised the leadership skills of Misbah-ul-Haq after Pakistan’s resounding series whitewash over England.

Vaughan, who led England to an unforgettable 2005 Ashes triumph against Australia, tweeted “Congrats to Pakistan on a series whitewash..A very good team performance.. Excellent Captaincy from Misbah,” after the 3-0 demolition in the UAE.

Misbah has been widely credited for spearheading Pakistan’s resurgence, as after a tumultuous year – in which three of their players were jailed for their role in a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the sporting world – the team responded on the pitch with a professional dismantling of the world’s number one Test team.

With an average of 36 in the series Misbah’s contribution appears unspectacular – certainly when compared to the destructive wicket-taking exploits of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman – but the calm and composed 37 year-old managed to mould a successful unit out of a team notorious for its volatility and inconsistency.

Meanwhile, Vaughan also expressed his enjoyment at the balance between bat and ball throughout the series, as the DRS system triggered an unprecedented spate of LBWs and dramatic batting collapses.

“Enjoyed the cricket… Fascinating when Bowl dominates Bat.. . England will bounce back I am sure…Still No1,” he tweeted.

Also, despite presiding over arguably the most memorable series victory in English cricket history, Vaughan’s side never matched the feat of Andrew Strauss’ current charges in scaling the heights of the ICC World Test Rankings.
His faith in the ability of Strauss’ side to recover will be put to the test in Sri Lanka next month, though before then Alistair Cook will take charge for four One Day Internationals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Stuart Broad will then lead England in two Twenty20 fixtures in Dubai to complete England’s ill-fated trip to the UAE.