Vaughan: Broad's the one
Michael Vaughan believes England should go for Stuart Broad as their ODI captain if Andrew Strauss decides to step down.
By Jamie Hunt
Last Updated: 28/03/11 2:27pm
Michael Vaughan believes it could be the time for England to take a change of direction with the captaincy and select Stuart Broad to replace Andrew Strauss, should he step down from the one-day role.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Vaughan said that Strauss should be given the time to reflect on England's latest World Cup disappointment, but should he decide it is the time to go, Broad should be considered as his successor.
Vaughan said: "He (Strauss) deserves the complete respect to go home, speak to his family and friends that he really trusts, and give himself two or three weeks to let the dust settle and then come up with a decision. Whatever decision he makes I know it will be for the good of the England team and one-day team.
"My gut feeling is that we may have seen the last of him in an ODI shirt and then the talk will be of who is going to replace him as one-day captain?
"Alastair Cook is the front runner and pretty much where all the money will be but I don't know if it isn't maybe time to go a little bit left wing and throw someone like Stuart Broad into the ring.
"If you look back at the last six captains of the one-day team, they have all been batsmen. Maybe Stuart Broad will bring something else. He will need good players and we will need more power and we need more wicket-takers."
Former England captain Vaughan reflected on England's quarter final exit at the hands of co-hosts Sri Lanka and ultimately he wasn't too surprised at Strauss' team's demise.
"If you look back at the World Cup, that performance has been coming," he said.
"Because of the nipper against the West Indies and just getting over the line against South Africa I think we all felt that it had to be alright on the night and we thought we would see a good performance. But it was clear from watching that they got found out in these conditions.
"They got a lesson in how to play on real slow wickets with a little bit of spin by a very good Sri Lankan team. We didn't have enough power and we haven't had enough power in that batting order throughout the whole tournament. We haven't been able to hit the boundaries and clear the ropes.
"England for so long has talked about playing fearless cricket but I thought we did play with some fear and that will be disappointing for Strauss and Andy Flower."
Vaughan though doesn't leave the blame for the quarter final exit solely at the door of the players, saying for a third time the England Cricket Board made the task of winning the World Cup all the more hard after a gruelling winter schedule.
As in 2003 and 2007, England arrived at the World Cup after an Ashes series and one-day tournament in Australia. The players involved in both campaigns managed only two days off in England having been away in Australia since the end of October.
"I don't think we are too far off to be honest, from being a good team, but somehow again the schedule again has affected the team," he said.
"The ECB has to look at itself in the mirror and accept that they have got it wrong. In 2003 Nasser (Hussain) and Duncan (Fletcher) complained about the schedule. 2007 again I complained with Duncan and 2011 it's exactly the same schedule."
The same schedule won't be repeated in four years time at the next World Cup as England and Australia are to play back-to-back Ashes series in 2013 and 2014 to avoid a clash with the 2015 tournament in Australia.
Michael Vaughan was speaking to Sky Sports News at a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation event in Sri Lanka, where Vaughan had been helping to promote a project to help the people of the civil war-torn areas of Northern Sri Lanka. For more information please visit www.laureus.com/foundation.