England must win ahead of Test series: Vaughan

Michael Vaughan feels it was imperative for Kevin Pietersen's team to win an ODI or two to give themselves some chance in the Tests against India.

updated: November 26, 2008 09:48 IST
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels it was imperative for Kevin Pietersen's team to win a match or two in the seven-ODI series to give themselves some chance in the following two Tests against India.

"In these next three one-dayers we're going to have to get some kind of victory to give us a bit of a boost because the Tests are coming at the end of the tour," he was quoted as saying by 'The Independent'.

The 34-year-old Vaughan said although three wins appeared to be a long shot, just the taste of victory could help England to lift their spirits ahead of the Tests.

"It's going to be very, very difficult so we just want to try to lift ourselves with one or two victories in the next week. Hopefully we'll get three wins, but that looks a long shot.

"If we can win one or two games to give ourselves a lift in the Test series then hopefully we can perform well in those two games," said the Yorkshire player who is trying to return to the England side.

Vaughan felt winning in India was one of the toughest jobs for any captain and had a lot of sympathy for Pietersen.

"This is the ultimate challenge for a captain along with Australia so at an early stage in his captaincy he's being asked to go to the hardest place in the world," said Vaughan.

"He'll make mistakes as you always do, but I'm sure he'll learn from them. The one thing that I've been really impressed with is that they look like they're in good spirits," Vaughan said.

"When you're 4-0 down and getting bashed you can easily lose your spirit in the team and it is your job as captain to try to keep them high. So far they've looked very good so from that point of view he is doing a good job."

Vaughan was also filled with trepidation regarding the visitor's fortunes in the upcoming two-Test series starting in Ahmedabad on December 11.

"It's very difficult to come here and win, history suggests that, but if you can keep your spirits and keep that fight within the team when it is not going right that is important," said Vaughan.

"When you get to a stage when things do go right you can continue with that kind of spirit and commitment and you'll be fine."