Remember me? I used to captain you guys in test cricket
That is what Michael Vaughan
, named England's skipper
, would probably tell his teammates before the second test against West Indies at Headingley.
Vaughan has not played
in a test for 17 months
now. His last test match was in Pakistan
in December 2005. How long ago was that?
Paul Collingwood hadn't yet scored a test century and was almost always the first one to be cast aside if one of the incumbent batsmen returned to action. Darrell Hair (yes, him!
) was umpiring in test cricket. Marcus Trescothick
was a couple of months away from his first last minute exit
from a test series. Shaun Udal
was playing test cricket. 2006 hadn't yet begun, which means Mohammad Yousuf was 1788 runs away
from what he'd end up with. Shoaib Akhtar was not yet persona non-grata
while Mohammad Asif hadn't yet "arrived"
It is totally perplexing that Vaughan gets to walk into the side after such a long layoff from test cricket, and as captain! I'm not the only one who thinks so. Read what Vic Marks
, Christopher Martin-Jenkins
and Martin Johnson
have to say about this.
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