We mustn~~t let slip advantage on 2nd day: Butcher

Published: Friday, September 6, 2002, 20:53 [IST]
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London: Opener Michael Vaughan's fourth Test century of the season guided England to a commanding position against India at The Oval on Thursday. At stumps, on the first day of the fourth and final Test, England were 336 for two off 90 overs. And  his innings also saw Vaughan become just the third England batsman after Ken Barrington in 1961-62 and Gooch in 1990 to make three centuries in a series against India. He followed fellow England batsmen Herbert Sutcliffe (1929), Denis Compton (1947), Allan Lamb (1984) and Graham Gooch (1990) as well as Australia great Don Bradman (1930). Butcher, who helped Vaughan add 174 for the second wicket, said afterwards that England must not slip-up on the second day and spoil all the good work. "There was a lot of talk about momentum coming into this game (India won the third Test at Headingley by an innings and 46 runs). But each Test is a new chapter. Now we must do to them what they did to us at Headingley and go on to make a big score. "If we get bowled out for 450 tomorrow we will have messed up." Both Butcher and Vaughan batted confidently against spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, a twin attack that would have seen a previous generation of England batsmen struggling. "We've had three tours of the sub-continent in the past 18 months. You've now got a crop of England batsmen who are used to playing top-class slow bowling," Butcher explained, before praising Vaughan's innings. "This is the third time this summer I've bored everyone to death when he's smashed it all over the ground," he joked. Butcher knows what it is to be in prime form, having scored an unbeaten 173 against Australia at Headingley last year to guide England to a memorable victory. "The main thing when you are playing that well is that there is not much going on. You're not thinking that much about anything, just watching the ball," he explained. And Butcher added that Vaughan's heavy scoring was no surprise to him. "The only difference now is that he has decided to make big scores instead of cameos."

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