Vaughan posts century ahead of Zimbabwe Test
Published: Friday, May 16, 2003, 0:00 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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London: England opener Michael Vaughan warmed up for next week's first Test against Zimbabwe at Lord's with 103 for Yorkshire in their Second Division county championship match away to Northamptonshire on Wednesday. Vaughan's innings was the cornerstone of Yorkshire's 360 for nine on the opening day and afterwards the newly-appointed England One-day captain said it had felt good to get a big score. "It's obviously good to make some runs ahead of a Test match, and to feel a bit of rhythm with the bat," Vaughan, 28, told the reporters. "I've felt good all year, even when I wasn't making too many runs," added Vaughan currently ranked as the number one Test batsman in the world ratings. "It was just a matter of time before I got a score, and this was a decent pitch to bat on." "The way the international game is set up now this could be my last championship match for a while. If that's the case then it was pleasing to get a hundred for Yorkshire and put us in a good position." Vaughan's innings was his first Championship hundred since 200l. He faced 169 balls, reaching both fifty and three figures with a six. He cleared the rope once more as well as scoring 11 fours before he was lbw to off spinner Jason Brown who bowled unchanged for 38 overs in taking four for 79. England face Zimbabwe in the first Test at Lord's starting on Thursday, May 22.