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In the serialisation of James Anderson's autobiography in the Daily Mail, Anderson writes of his relationship with previous England captains. While he described Nasser Hussain as "brilliant" and "like a friendly sergeant major", Anderson was not won over by the leadership qualities of Hussain's successor, Michael Vaughan:
Unfortunately, despite our cordiality now, I didn’t enjoy Vaughan as a captain.
As a young fast bowler, you need to know that your captain has his arm around your shoulder, if not physically, then metaphorically. Unfortunately, that is not something I ever felt playing under Vaughan. I actually felt alone and isolated when I most needed support.
A good captain should know how to talk to his team as individuals. I don’t think Vaughan ever had that in him, a major reason I’ve not held him in as high regard as others have. He was not as good a captain as others made out. He was captain of a truly great team in 2005.