Vaughan wants KP to bat his way out of controversy

Michael Vaughan, key character in the Kevin Pietersen-Peter Moores feud, wants the just-sacked ex-England captain to bat his way out of all controversies.

updated: January 08, 2009 14:49 IST
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Michael Vaughan, key character in the Kevin Pietersen-Peter Moores feud, wants the just-sacked former England captain to bat his way out of all controversies.

Vaughan's omission from the England team for the West Indies tour was the last straw as Pietersen and Moores' working relationship broke down.

Pietersen wanted Vaughan in the side but Moores, part of the selection panel as coach, had other ideas.

A miffed Pietersen subsequently issued an 'either-me-or-him' ultimatum to the England and Wales Cricket Board, which eventually saw both of them losing their jobs.

Vaughan said pressure would now be immense on Pietersen and he wanted the lanky batsman to bat his way out of the crisis.

"There will be pressure on KP after all the controversy and I hope he is not going to be affected by it. He has the flair and ability to make world-class bowlers look ordinary, and I think he will average 50-odd and become the World No 1," Vaughan said.

"What Kevin has to do now is go to the West Indies and score a hundred in the first Test, then all the controversy will be forgotten. England need Kevin to be challenging to be the No 1 batsman in the world.

"I held the title for about a month but he is the one England player who I have played with who has the ability to sustain the No 1 position in the world. He is that good, that now has to be his goal. If he does that he will help England win many more games," Vaughan wrote in his column for 'The Daily Telegraph'.

Vaughan didn't comment much on Moores, except observing that "In the 18 months since Peter Moores took over as coach the results have not been good...

"The captain coach relationship is crucial and when they speak to the team and the public they have to sing from the same team sheet. Myself and Nasser (Hussain) both had great working relationships with Duncan Fletcher despite the fact that we didn't always agree but the team and the public never saw that," he said.

Vaughan, meanwhile, expects Andrew Strauss to do a good job as the new England captain.

"I think Strauss will be a very, very good captain. It may be that everything happens for a reason and things will turn out for the best for English cricket," Vaughan said.

"Strauss is getting the job at the right time, when he is playing at his best. He gathers his thoughts before he speaks. He man-manages people well. He is respected in our dressing-room and in dressing-rooms around the world. Such a decent man can bring back maturity and stability to the England team.

"Strauss has been in charge before - when England played really well against Pakistan in 2006, and he was in charge when England lost a one-day series 5-0 against Sri Lanka earlier that summer. So he has some valuable experience, especially the time when England were losing, because it is when things are going badly that as a captain you learn most about your team and about yourself," Vaughan said.