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Michael Vaughan has resigned as England skipper and Paul Collingwood has followed suit by stepping down from the one-day captaincy.
Kevin Pietersen is the favourite to be handed both roles when the selectors make an announcement on Monday.
But is the big-hitting batsman the right man to take over both jobs?
Should Andrew Strauss be appointed Test captain? What about a recall for Andrew Flintoff?
Or how about taking the team in a totally new direction and appointing Kent skipper Robert Key?
Share your thoughts....
The England Selectors must have the easiest job in the world! LEt's just pick the same team that played last time. It doesn't matter that it's the team has lost the last two games. Make some changes; change the whole team! Why hasn't Kabir Ali been picked? He is the leading wicket taker in the first class county game.
Posted 14:54 6th August 2008
I can't believe KP has left out Ravi Bopara at an oppurtunity to see what he's made of. Its a match where, in my opinion, England should be looking for alternatives, since their recent selections have failed. Bopara has continually shown his for at County level, and this could have been the perfect time for him to have a good match and gain some confidence at international level. Obviously not, I hope South Africa win the last test, but more importantly, the India Sri Lanka match will be the one to watch this week. C'mon INDIA!!!
Posted 13:09 6th August 2008
KP for captain, YES ! given the (unfair) treatment he has received from narrow minded South Africans I believe that he showed a lot of character.He has a lot to learn but is a very determined player that will never let England down as he will always give 100% for his country.I would make him captain just to annoy the Proteas captain ( Smith) who enjoys trashing KP in the press knowing that he is forbidden to respond.
Posted 09:30 6th August 2008
Why whenever there is a change and an unexpected one, does the whole media circus and has been crew have to jump in with their tuppence worth. Firstly if Duncan Fletcher and his band of merry men hadn't been in such a rush to publicly crucify old Freddie then the job would undoubtedly have been easily solved, so Mr Fletchers thoughts should be dismissed and the paper recycled, ask any expert on team or moral building and they will laugh you out of the building at the way that was publicly handled. Freddie by the way wouldnt be my choice but just a natural progression forward with the team in place. Maybe Collingwood or Trescothick could take over ohhh hold on na weve humiliated them too along with many others who should be in the squad !!!! erm who else is on the list ??? Firstly how about replacing the powers above for someone who can manage to leave their personal feelings at home when they get to the office for someone who can actually manage talent because its blatantly obvious and admitted that this bunch of clowns has trouble with that. All that said, come on KP show us you mean what you say about going with your gut feeling and get your hair dyed blue again you clown, or do the supreme beings believe thats not very captainly. Good luck KP and England you'll need it with that lot in charge.
Posted 07:37 6th August 2008
i think kevin kp is a great choice nice to see english cricket progressing. and not picking so many stuff shirt players kp is exciting and a great pressence.give the guy a chance i think he will get better and better. he is also our best batesman for a long time.so shut up and time will tell
Posted 21:33 5th August 2008
Once again,England selectors will shoot the team in the foot by burdoning one of the best "flair" players with the captaincy.Look what happened to Botham,Gower,Flintoff etc when they were made captain. Robert Key,50 average,lead Kent to the finals of the 20/20,4th in the 4 day game and progressing well in other one day comps should be captain.Remember Mike Brearley?Not the greatest of players,but a hell of a captain. Read of Notts,without doubt the finest keeper in the country should get and keep the gloves for England. Lets give some other batsmen a chance before the ashes.Where does keeping the same team get you,a series defeat against South Africa,that's what.
Posted 17:54 5th August 2008
I cannot believe that England would go for Pietersen. Surely a captain must be capable of thinking for the team. Pietersen, good batsman that he is, seems incapable of thinking for himself!
Posted 12:31 4th August 2008
I think Vaughan's press confernece was one of the hardest things to watch. Here is a guy clearly in love with england and its cricket and i don't think his input and views on team selection where considered by the selectors. He looks tired and fed up with the losey batting and bowling of late his form he himself has said is poor but and least he as the balls to say that the rest of the team think they are great and really you wouldn't have them. In my opinion the ecb should pick a temperary captain to finish this test and for the next and get Vaughan back fighting and ready to go because if the ECB want the ashes back Vaughan is the only man to get them.
Posted 12:24 4th August 2008
I would like the people, who are touting KP for the captain's job, to reflect on the fact that, if one shot cost England the Edgbaston Test, it was his 'going for glory attempt to go to his 100 with a six. If he had stayed there, with Collingwood, we would certainly not have lost the match and quite probably would have won it. Collingwood was the one who played a captain's innings, why couldn't KP learn from him?
Posted 09:52 4th August 2008
Why should England replace one of the "in crowd" as captain by another . Robert Key has excellent credentials as a county captain and he woulds bring another dimension to the "closed shop" of the England team. This is an ideal time to look at future development by bringing in new players why is it not grasped. The lack of comment on the fate of Collingwood is also significant as it again proves that England still look at the short game a sbeing insignificant again tthe Test . Other countries do not seem to agree and have a greater level of success.
Posted 09:20 4th August 2008
Do not write off Vaughan yet. England have 2 tough away tours this winter when it could all go pearshaped. Vaughan prepares well for next summer and makes lots of runs for Yorkshire early season. Who would the Aussies least like to see leading England? The man who gave Ponting such a runaround in 2005. Its a no brainer.Only 3 weeks ago Shane Warne said that the 3 key factors for England to regain the Ashes were Vaughan as captain. Pieterson as the star batsmen and Flintoff fully ft and firing. H is spot on as usual.
Posted 09:16 4th August 2008
Apparently the names in the frame to replace Micky V are KP, Strauss and Robert Key. Blob Key is a bit of a surprise because he's not even a test regular, altho the logic must be that he's the best like-for-like replacement for Vaughan- a top order batsman with proven skills as a skipper. But that's at county level. Strauss doesn't seem like the kind of character I'd wanna follow out onto a field; he's too soft and needs to concentrate on his own game to be successful. That leaves KP, England's most gifted batsman with little experience of captaining a side. For me, KP's your man, even if he has to learn on the job. I don't believe the extra responsibility will have a negative effect on Pietersen's batting- if anything it will make him better and that's what all teams want! The bigger issue for me is who comes in to replace Vaughan at 3 and is this a permanent replacement? Even more pressing, England really need to sort out the wicketkeeping/ 7th batsman position because Ambrose has shown that he simply doesn't cut the Mustard.
Posted 23:18 3rd August 2008
Vaughan has been a great captain and he is going to be very hard to replace, but my choice as captain is Strauss without a doubt. I think making Flintoff or Pieterson captain will stop them playing their natural game and England will be worst off for that. Vaughan should be replaced by Denly. England need to long to the future and young players are the future. Ambrose is out of his depth and should be replaced by Foster. Harmison needs to can back into the team because except for Flintoff our bowling attack are like fairys. No agression at all!
Posted 22:19 3rd August 2008
I join the other contributors in congratulating and thanking Michael Vaughan for his period of captaincy, highlighted by the most exciting period in English cricket for decades in 2005. It is just a shame that it has come to this that he should have to step down due to the very poor performances of certain individuals. I do not believe that you can blame selection as give or take the odd selection decision there would not be that many different names on many peoples team sheets, I just hope the players who have performed so dismally take a good look at themsleves and appreciate what their performances have lead to! Lets hope he regains his form to maintain a place in the England line-up. At least Collingwood has gone as well, the luckiest man to still be in the England team! Let's hope captaincy inspires KP as there are no other serious candidates. The captain has to be worth his place in the team.
Posted 22:07 3rd August 2008
Please NOT KP!!!!!!! Leave him to be a dominant batsman. Rob Key must come in to bat at 3 trauss for captain it should have been him before the freddy farce!!
Posted 21:50 3rd August 2008
I think KP will get it but he is unproven as a Captain and a strategist. He is not the brightest spark and should remain as the batting genius that he is, unburdened of Captaincy. Colly would do a good job short-term but I think Rob Key is the best long term choice. He should be in the team anyway and has shown immense ability at one-day and 20/20 with Kent. An excellent Captain and a tough competitor. His time has come. Team for Oval: 1 Key (C) 2 Cook 3 Strauss 4 KP 5 Bell 6 Shah/Bopara 7 Foster 8 Broad 9 Jones 10 Harmy 11 Panesar
Posted 21:29 3rd August 2008
KP should not be made captain, his ego will be too big for the team. It should be Cook, who could be really successful in the future.
Posted 21:03 3rd August 2008
Well Done To Michael Vaughan what a fantastic captain he has been, and fair play to him, i'm still not completely convinced he won't come back. However for the new team, Pietersen is too ego fuelled to become captain, he should be our main batsman getting double and triple hundreds and leave the captaincy to others. Key would be a great choice, what a captain for Kent and you can't argue against his stats these last couple of years. I feel we should use this last test as a good try-out for other players knocking on the door, i feel sorry for stuart broad because I don't think he should have been dropped, we only need 1 swing bowler, so that's a three horse race. I feel the team should go like this: Trecothick, Cook, Key, KP, Bell, Foster, Flintoff, Broad, Siddy/Jimmy/Hoggy, Harmison, Panesar Maybe Foster and Freddie swapped considering how well Freddie does with the bat in the future. Josh, Kent
Posted 20:25 3rd August 2008
As an ardent follower of English cricket since 1989 I owe nothing more than high praise for Michael Vaughan. The man responsible for moulding a team capable of defeating the imperious Australians deserves our recognition of being one of the finest England captains in the history of our national sport!
Posted 19:39 3rd August 2008
Thanks Michael, not many captains have led England to Ashes success but you did it and it was your brilliant captaincy that was the difference between the two sides. Take a rest now and come back refreshed because Yorkshire need someone of your calibre. Would it be too much to ask for you to restore the county to something like the team they used to be? All the best for your future in cricket and life. I agree with your dad; you can hold your head high for what you achieved for England. Come on Premier Brown - Sir Michael
Posted 15:33 3rd August 2008
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