Gooch questions Vaughan's one-day match play
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 22nd January 2007
Former England captain Graham Gooch on Sunday criticised the injured
Michael Vaughan, saying the team's current leader needed to score more
runs to be valuable in one-dayers.
"If someone scores a hundred in the one-dayers, you should have a
250-run total which is the basis of a good score," Gooch told The
Sunday Mail. "They don't have a set plan, they don't have enough people
to set the game up. Michael Vaughan is a very good cricketer, but in
one-day cricket he has never scored a hundred" in 76 matches, the
former captain added. "He has a future as a one-day player, but he has
to start scoring heavily."
Vaughan, who tore his left hamstring in England's drought-breaking win
over New Zealand last Sunday, will miss his team's next two triangular
one-day series matches - against New Zealand on Tuesday and Australia
The injury occurred in just Vaughan's second one-day international
after 12 months on the sidelines due to surgery on his right knee.
Team officials said in a statement that he could return for the match
against New Zealand on January 30 in Perth.
Vaughan averages 28 in one-day internationals, with a strike rate of
68, and a top score of 90. In his absence, veteran county cricketer Mal
Loye opened against Australia on Friday and made an entertaining 36.
Vaughan's injury also saw all-rounder Andrew Flintoff reappointed
captain, but in another setback for the English it was reported over
the weekend that he was only offered the position as it was believed he
According to the report, opener Andrew Strauss was actually the
preferred option of the English selectors.