September 9, 2012

English cricket

Anderson questions Vaughan captaincy skills

Alan Gardner

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.

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