21 September, 2020

To The Manor Vaugh'n

It was in the series against India last summer that Vaughan transformed himself from just another promising batsman to being the bedrock of the English side.

To The Manor Vaugh'n
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For an Englishman to be named the Man of the Series where Australia has just whiplashed England is quite an honour. And, that is precisely the kind of an honour which sets Michael Vaughan apart from the rest of the heap in the England team. And when your skipper, a hard taskmaster like Nasser Hussain, says he would "pay to watch him bat", it does mean that the player does have all it takes. Though a Lancastrian by birth, Vaughan has followed successfully in the footsteps of great Yorkshire opening batsmen like Sutcliffe, Hutton and Boycott.

Vaughan’s batting in 2002 has been the talk of international cricket through the year and has marked him out as a future captain. After all, he did lead the England A side successfully in 1998-99 to South Africa and Zimbabwe. He himself averaged over 40 and handled the side most maturely. It was those qualities that finally saw him make the main England squad to South Africa in 1999-2000.

In his debut series in South Africa, he did not play as an opener in the four Tests. His scores were modest, but what was noticeable even at...

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