Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beware Springbok Backlash - Vaughan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beware Springbok Backlash - Vaughan

Article excerpt

Michael Vaughan has warned England must be ready to withstand a wounded South Africa when the fourth npower Test gets under way at Headingley today.

The England captain does not subscribe to the popular view that the absence of Shaun Pollock will blunt the tourists' threat as they seek to fight back from their third-Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

Pollock's eight-wicket match haul and first-innings 62 helped keep South African hopes alive in Nottingham, where they eventually surrendered their 1-0 series lead to begin again today level with two matches to play.

The all-rounder has returned to South Africa for the birth of his first child - but Vaughan, mindful of how well the tourists played without their other world-class all-rounder Jacques Kallis in the first two Tests - is resisting the temptation to crow too much yet about the loss of Pollock.

"Whoever replaces him will be a good cricketer," Vaughan predicted. "We know we are up against a good team. …

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