Vaughan con­tin­ues to ruf­fle a few feath­ers at Head­in­g­ley

A for­mer Eng­land cap­tain re­fused to back down as the Test team hit back in Leeds on a rain-hit sec­ond day. Chris Wa­ters re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

MICHAEL VAUGHAN has re­opened his war of words with Eng­land pace bowler Stu­art Broad.

Broad claimed that Vaughan has lit­tle in­sight into the Eng­land dress­ing room af­ter the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain said that he should be dropped fol­low­ing the de­feat to Pak­istan in the first Test at Lord’s.

Broad said there “wasn’t a huge amount of logic” in Vaughan’s com­ments and re­vealed that he phoned him to ex­press his dis­ap­point­ment.

But Vaughan hit back at Broad’s re­sponse, made on the open­ing day of the Head­in­g­ley Test, and sug­gested that the player be­lieves he is un­touch­able.

“I got the sense it was, ‘You can’t crit­i­cise me, I’m Stu­art Broad, and I’ve been in the team for a long time’,” said Vaughan. “You have to be care­ful in sport that com­ments can come back to bite you.

“The rea­son why I said they should con­sider drop­ping Broad is that I felt the Eng­land Test team needed to ruf­fle a feather or two.

“Look at Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, the great­est sport­ing leader and man-manger of our time; he ruf­fled feath­ers to try to re­gen­er­ate and ig­nite teams.”

While the Vaughan/Broad row rum­bled off-the-field, with Vaughan mak­ing his lat­est com­ments as a crowd of 13,084 waited pa­tiently for play on Satur­day’s day two due to steady rain, on it Eng­land strength­ened their hand when the ac­tion fi­nally be­gan at 2.45pm.

Re­sum­ing on 106-2 in re­ply to 174, the hosts ad­vanced to 302-7 in the 59 overs pos­si­ble, night­watch­man Do­minic Bess top-scor­ing with 49 and Jos But­tler fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 34.

It was not quite the dom­i­nant bat­ting dis­play that Eng­land were hop­ing for, not helped by con­di­tions that still as­sisted the bowlers, but it built on their ef­forts of the first day, when Broad, James An­der­son and Chris Woakes each took three wick­ets.

When Eng­land called-up Bess for the open­ing Test, they were un­der the im­pres­sion that they had picked a promis­ing spin­ner.

That might still prove the case, but there is clearly more to the Som­er­set man’s ar­moury than his abil­ity to rip an off-break.

At Lord’s, Bess scored a fight­ing 57 as Eng­land flopped to an in­nings de­feat. At Head­in­g­ley on Satur­day, he was no less ef­fec­tive, look­ing as com­fort­able and com­posed as any of the es­tab­lished top-or­der bats­men.

In cloudy and hu­mid con­di­tions with the flood­lights on, Bess quickly showed his skill, can­nily up­per­cut­ting Hasan Ali for four be­fore im­pe­ri­ously on­driv­ing Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas to the boundary.

He lost his cap­tain, Joe Root, with the score on 138, the York­shire­man edg­ing to the wick­et­keeper off Mo­ham­mad Amir, hav­ing struck 45 from 72 balls with six fours af­ter be­gin­ning the day on 29.

Bess and Dawid Malan added 62 in 18 overs be­fore Malan fell to the sev­enth de­liv­ery af­ter tea, edg­ing a ball of ex­tra bounce to first slip off Amir.

Eng­land fell to 212-5 soon af­ter­wards when Bess was fi­nally un­done by a ball from leg-spin­ner Shadab Khan that turned and bounced sharply, edg­ing into the hands of the soli­tary slip.

It should have been 220-5 but Jos But­tler was badly dropped on four at mid-wicket by Hasan off Khan, the ball con­tin­u­ing to the West Stand boundary to rub salt into wounds.

But­tler added 48 with Jonny Bairstow be­fore Bairstow was sixth out, caught be­hind off Fa­heem Ashraf to the fi­nal de­liv­ery be­fore the sec­ond new ball be­came avail­able.

Chris Woakes made a jaunty 17 be­fore be­ing caught be­hind off the new cherry, Ab­bas get­ting one to nip off the seam and take the edge, wick­et­keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed ac­cept­ing his fifth catch of the in­nings.

At stumps, debu­tant Sam Cur­ran had 16 and the lead stood at 128.


ONE SHORT: Eng­land’s Do­minic Bess re­acts af­ter fall­ing for 49 against Pak­istan’s Shadab Khan at Head­in­g­ley.

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