Michael Vaughan's 'best' innings not enough

Several people have been saying that Michael Vaughan's 124 against India yesterday was his best innings.

Those people obviously never saw his frankly sublime 177 against Australia in 2002, when the next highest contribution in the innings was just 47. This was a batsman in total command of not just the bowling, but also himself, to paraphrase CLR James.

In that same year he can boast of 145 against the same opponents in Melbourne and 183 in Sydney. Just prior to that Ashes series during India's previous tour, a round 100 in the Lord's Test and 195 at The Oval were the bread of a gargantuan sandwich, the filling of which was 197 in Nottingham - so it's arguable whether yesterday's hundred was even Michael Vaughan's best innings at Trent Bridge against India.

He can swing a bat a bit though, can Michael. In a totally needless and embarrassing move, we're going to brand Michael Vaughan 'a dude'.

That's right. We're so delighted by Michael Vaughan's current form, we're pretending we're 12 again.

England v India, second Test at Trent Bridge, day four
England 198 all out (Zaheer Khan 4-59)
India 481 (Sachin Tendulkar 91, Sourav Ganguly 79, Dinesh Karthik 77, Wasim Jaffer 62, Monty Panesar 4-101)
England 355 all out (Michael Vaughan 124, Paul Collingwood 63, Andrew Strauss 55, Zaheer Khan 5-75)

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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