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Test cricket needs a tight Ashes series - Vaughan

Game has been hurt by too many scandals

Michael Vaughan
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Michael Vaughan
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Dubai:  Michael Vaughan, who in 2005 captained England to a spectacular Ashes series victory after a gap of nearly two decades, believes that a fantastic Ashes series is the need of the hour.

"Over the last 12 months so much scandal has been surrounding cricket that I really think a fantastic Ashes series, that too a closely fought one, is what Test match cricket needs."

Vaughan, who is here as part of the Fosters Cricket Legend talk series believes that England have got a good chance to win but it will be a very tight series.

Bowling attack

Answering a query from Gulf News as to what was the main factor that helped him win the Ashes series and whether the present England team have the same qualities, Vaughan said: "We won the 2005 series because we could get 20 wickets. Any team that can get 20 wickets can win Test matches against any team in the world. We had a good bowling attack at that time. I think with the likes of Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Christ Tremlett, Steve Finn, I think we can take 20 wickets. It also depends on how we bat. We have such a good batting order till down the order that can get 50s. The top six should get the bulk of the runs. If we play consistently and bat well I think we have bowling attack to put pressure."

Vaughan refused to take the credit for his captaincy. "Captains cannot do so much without the players. I had good players in my team, that is why we won the series and Andrew Strauss has good players in his team too. I haven't seen a great captain without great players in the team," he added.

When asked whether Ponting will be under pressure, Vaughan said: "It's hard time for Ponting as a captain because he is not sure of this team."

SPORT PICTURE OF THE DAY: November 14, 2017

From left : Italy's defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy's midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy's midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.