Vaughan eyes Ashes after retaining central contract

September 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm 1 comment


The ECB announced on Tuesday the central contracts and the squad for stanford series and ODI tour to India. The squad and central contracts were largely what were expected with Michael Vaughan retianing his central contract. This is a huge indication that the selectors and Pietersen are eager for Vaughan to rediscover his form and play a part in the Ashes next year.

Vaughan’s selection recieved mixed reactions from the media and former players following Vaughan’s dip of form and resignation as captain. The decision has been criticised because it is unsure whether vaughan will rediscover form and how he would react to being just a player. Nasser Hussain famously resigned as captian, then recieved a central contract and retired from internation cricket two games later. If Vaughan is to play some part in the India tour then he would have to find some form in Yorkshire’s remaining county championship matches and may have to play domestic cricket abroad during the winter. The reasons to include Vaughan is because of the experience he has of playing in the sub continent and against the Australians.

Another choice that has been criticised is handing Tim Ambrose a Increment Contract. This contract allows a player to recieve a central contract next year if they achieve a certain number of points. Tim Ambrose has so far failed to show that he can play at international level but the contract suggests that he will go to India as the second Keeper. His form for England shows that he doesn’t really deserve another go until he goes back to county cricket and works on his batting. This is a huge blow for Foster who seemed certain to get a spot on the tour follwing Ambrose drop in form and Foster’s bright end to the season with bat and behind the stumps. Foster has scored 733 runs in 19 innings at an average of 48.86, which includes two successive hundreds and four 50s.

Central contracts James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan.

Increment contracts Tim Ambrose, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

Squad for Stanford and India ODIs Kevin Pietersen (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Wright

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  • 1. Ottayan  |  September 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I think Vaughan is a spent force.

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