Captains Vaughan and Vettori show way forward

Published: Monday, May 19, 2008, 10:12 [IST]
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Cricket captains like to talk about leading from the front.

But it's rare for skippers from both sides to do so in the same Lord's Test.

However, England's Michael Vaughan and New Zealand's Daniel Vettori did just that here Sunday.

Vaughan's 106 saw him equal former England captain Graham Gooch's ground record of six Test hundreds.

For Vettori, his return of five for 69 meant he made it onto the Lord's honours board, which records all the Test hundreds and five-wicket innings hauls at the ground for the first time.

And the left-arm spinner, by having Vaughan caught to end England's first innings, became only the second New Zealand cricketer after Sir Richard Hadlee to take 250 Test wickets.

Vaughan and Vettori are in distinguished company.

Back in 1953 England captain Sir Leonard Hutton and his Australian counterpart Lindsay Hassett both made hundreds in a Test at Lord's.

Gooch and India captain Mohammad Azharrudin did likewise in 1990 with the Englisman scoring 333, the highest individual Test score at Lord's, in the first innings and 123 in the second.

"As soon as you walk out into feels like home," said Vaughan, batting again at No 3 after he could only average just over 20 in New Zealand as an opener during England's 2-1 series win in March.

"To walk in here and see tour name on the board five time gives you confidence," explained Vaughan after his first Test hundred in 15 innings since making 124 against India at Trent Bridge in July.

Vettori said his whole approach to leadership revolved around making a major contribution in the middle.

"My theory on captaincy is leading from the front," he said. "I look at the way (Australia's) Ricky Ponting scores hundred after hundred. He's a great inspiration to his team. I just want to perform."

New Zealand head into Monday's fifth day on 40 without loss in their second innings, a deficit of two runs.

The draw remains the most likely result but if New Zealand's repeatedly fallible top-order collapses again, the first match of this three-Test series could open up.

Vettori, however, was heartened by the way in which Jamie How (26 not out) and Aaron Redmond, who will resume unbeaten on 14 after avoiding a pair on Test debut, got through Sunday's final session.

"We haven't batted as well as we can in Test cricket but the way Aaron and Jamie batted this evening was a real confidence booster," Vettori said.

"If they can do that in the first session then it probably kills the game."

Despite his own success Vettori said he expected the biggest threat to his batsmen to come from left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom, who took four wickets in the first innings to go with his 24 in New Zealand, not fellow left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

"Sidebottom is always in the back of our heads. Monty put us under a lot of pressure but the seam bowlers are the biggest worry."

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