England leadership crisis January 16, 2009

KP can captain again - Vaughan

Cricinfo staff

Michael Vaughan: backing for Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images

England's former captain, Michael Vaughan, believes that the man who succeeded him, Kevin Pietersen, deserves another chance to captain his country, having resigned last week in the wake of his row with the coach, Peter Moores.

Pietersen quit his job before he was sacked, having forced the England & Wales Cricket Board into what the chairman, Giles Clarke, described as "an impossible situation" with his outspoken criticism of the coaching set-up.

But Vaughan, whose omission from next week's tour of the Caribbean had been another bone of contention between captain and coach, told BBC Sport. "He [Pietersen] was definitely the man for the job, I still think he could do a really good job."

In the wake of the resignation, reports began to surface of rifts within the England dressing-room. But Vaughan, who remains close to the team even though he has not played Test cricket since August, is sure that whatever differences exist can be overcome, and that Pietersen can be captain once again.

"As England captain he was very forward thinking, very committed, obviously ruffled a few feathers," said Vaughan. "But I don't mind that - Nasser Hussain did that as captain and did a fantastic job. Graeme Smith has done that for South Africa.

"Everyone has got to be themselves, and Kevin Pietersen tried to do it his way and he said last week in his column that he feels his captaincy days aren't finished yet."