Struggling with his form and confidence for a couple of years now, Michael Vaughan answered his critics in emphatic fashion on the first day at Old Trafford. In his last 21 innings before this Test, Michael Vaughan had made 568 runs at an average of 29.89, with 14 scores of less than 25, but there wasn't even a hint of a struggle in the manner in which he mastered the Australian attack on a pitch offering little by way of seam movement.. As the wagon-wheel shows, Vaughan was prolific through midwicket, peppering the region with his characteristic flicks and swivel-pulls, but 32 of those 52 runs came after he reached his century. For the first part of his innings, he concentrated on scoring on the off side, especially through covers, with some sumptuous drives off either foot.
None of the Australian bowlers escaped the onslaught, but the one who suffered the most was the hapless Jason Gillespie, whose England tour so far has been one big nightmare. Gillespie also faced the brunt of the onslaught after Vaughan reached his century - the 18 deliveries he bowled to Vaughan were mauled for 34 runs. Vaughan's last 64 runs came off just 52 balls, and the only bowler who kept him relatively quiet during this period was Shane Warne, whose 27 balls cost him 19. Vaughan was also quite comfortable against all the Australian bowlers, as is evident by his high in-control percentage against all of them.