||Gloomy Tour Has Silver Lining for
England may have been humbled 4-1 in the Ashes Series, but for ISMs
Michael Vaughan the story was one of continuing success.
The Yorkshire opener not only ended the Sydney Test with man-of-the-match
honours, but was also voted player of the series.
It may have been an honour previously unheard of for a player from
a team so comprehensively beaten, but even the vast majority of
| agreed with the decision
that elevated the 28-year-old to a new level.
The Daily Mails Ian Wooldridge, doyen of British sports writers
was moved to make this testimony to Vaughans skills. If this
mostly ill-fated expedition to Australia has yielded anything of
genuine significance, it is Vaughans emergence as a batsman
of such genuine class that it is now conceivable to rank him alongside
Peter May, Colin Cowdrey and Ted Dexter as one of Englands
greatest post-War batsmen.
It was Vaughans seventh hundred in his last 12 Tests that
put England in command in Sydney. The 183 second innings runs took
his aggregate to 633 just 24 short of Geoff Boycotts record
for an England batsman on an Ashes tour and when Boycott set the
mark on the 1970-71 tour there were six Tests.
Despite ducks in the first and last Tests, Vaughan averaged a remarkable
63.3 and hit three centuries in all.
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM