NEWS of Michael Vaughan’s resignation has come through to Beijing.
I’m sad for him because I know how proud he had been to fulfil a boyhood dream of leading his country.
A lack of runs is no longer acceptable for a captain, however, as it was in the days when countries employed inadequate performers simply for qualities of leadership, and even England turned to the likes of Mike Brearley and Mike Denness who probably wouldn’t have been picked on grounds of talent.
Vaughan was a fine stroke player in his prime, but I suspect a succession of debilitating knee injuries have put demons in his mind, which needs to be uncluttered for the demands of test cricket.
Maybe Yorkshire can derive some benefit from his demise and, heaven knows, they need him after the travails of Matthew Wood, Joe Sayers etc.
An astute tactician, he has been sacrificed on the altar of poor form, which is understandable, but I’m baffled to the point of bewilderment trying to identify a worthy successor.
The job has gone to Kevin Pietersen, of course, so the only thing we can do now is back him in the hope he will be as successful in future as Vaughan has been.