>> click here for more articles

Vaughan Praise For Victorious England
Michael Vaughan hailed his conquering heroes as England went into a 2-1 lead with just one match of the series against South Africa to play.

Yorkshire paceman Matthew Hoggard took the man-of-the-match award with career best figures, but Vaughan also had praise for the batsmen who set up the last-day victory.

"Andrew Strauss in the first innings and Marcus Trescothick both batted brilliantly and Hoggy bowled his heart out," said Vaughan after the 77-run win in Johannesburg left Englandís Barmy Army chanting the names of all Vaughanís troops.

"This was an important win for us after the disappointment of Cape Town and Durban where we felt we should have gone 2-0 up in the series," added Vaughan. "We came here level, but far from downhearted as our performance showed".

England let Trescothick run amok in the morning session and he had reached 180 before losing his wicket and letting Vaughan declare with just two sessions of the match to go.

Hoggard ripped through the top order and the first six wickets to fall were all against his name. Recalled later to claim the last man, Hoggard finished with 7-71 and match figures of 12-205 - his first ever 10-wicket match haul.

Herschelle Gibbs threatened to deny England with a magnificent 98 before adjudged lbw to Ashley Giles and Proteas skipper Graeme Smith, shook off the effects of concussion to offer late resistance, but England still had eight overs to spare when Hoggard came back to trap Dale Steyn caught behind.

But Vaughan had one word of caution for his celebrating troops. "Weíll have three days rest and then be ready for Pretoria, but we must not forget that although we can not be beaten in the series, we still havenít won it," he said.


>> click here for more articles