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Triumphant Vaughan eyeing India challenge

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Durham:England captain Michael Vaughan anticipates a sterner challenge from India next month after his side completed a 3-0 series win over West Indies on Tuesday.

The series against West Indies did not even come close to eliminating the embarrassment and pain at their 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia but at least showed England were back to winning ways. The first Test against India starts on July 19 at Lord's.

"You know that they (India) are going to bring a huge amount of experience," Vaughan told reporters. "The batting line-up looks formidable.

"But I do believe in our conditions if we get the ball swinging like we know we can we can really put them under a lot of pressure."

Vaughan, who also revealed that he had made his decision to quit the one-day captaincy during the unsuccessful World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, was especially pleased with the Durham win because two days were lost to the weather.

"Trying to force a victory from 165 for six on Monday looked a long shot but full credit to the batsmen and Paul Collingwood (128) in particular on his home ground.

"We then went out and bowled with some intensity and put the ball in the right areas, swung it and then Monty produced his magic once again and Steve Harmison was back to somewhere near his best." Panesar took a series-high 23 wickets.

Harmison's revival was unexpected after it was disclosed earlier on Tuesday that he will have to undergo a hernia operation, which the bowler hopes can be delayed until after the India series. He finished the day with two for 92 from 20 overs.

"Figures can sometimes be misleading because Steve Harmison was running in to bowl with five slips and there were plenty of gaps so there are runs around," Vaughan said.

"I don't look at the runs column when Steve Harmison is bowling, I look at the amount of pressure he's creating.

"I don't know too much about his hernia but I hope we will see Steve bowling as he did today against the Indians later in this summer."

Reuters

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