VAUGHAN ON THE VERGE OF HISTORY
Michael Vaughan led England to a seven-wicket win in Trinidad to retain the Wisden Trophy they won in emphatic fashion four years ago on home soil. Although speed kings Steve Harmison and Simon Jones wrecked an innings apiece, Vaughan was particularly full of praise for the Dadís Army brigade among his batsmen.
Predecessor Nasser Hussain, and prolific left-handers Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe scored the runs that allowed Harmison and Jones to wreak havoc among the West Indians, who are now 2-0 down in the four-match series."Without our middle order batsmen, the bowlers wouldnít have had a lot to bowl at so I canít speak highly enough of their contribution," said Vaughan, who now needs just a draw from either of the two remaining Tests to win his first series as captain of the five-day team.
Not since Len Huttonís side in 1953/54 have England won two Tests in the Caribbean and if they do clinch the series it will be for the first time in 36 years that an English captain has returned with the spoils.
Written by Martin Hardy on behlf of ISM Ltd