Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We'll Pass Next Test - Vaughan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We'll Pass Next Test - Vaughan

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Byline: By Richard Gibson

Captain Michael Vaughan today defended England's schedule in South Africa and insisted they will be ready for next week's Johannesburg Test.

In hindsight, the tourists' batsmen appear in dire need of time in the middle, having been shot out cheaply in the first innings of consecutive Tests.

However, their next competitive action is next Thursday when the fourth game of the five-match series gets under way at the Wanderers.

So a healthy percentage of the squad were due to seek form in voluntary net sessions today rather than head for sightseeing spots on their day off.

Vaughan admits he will be putting in as many hours as anyone after his poor trot continued in the 196-run third-Test defeat at Newlands, where the South Africans levelled things at 1-1.

The Yorkshireman overcame a similar lean spell last summer with twin hundreds against the West Indies at Lord's after intensive one-to-one work with coach Duncan Fletcher.

He said: "Only time will tell whether we need a game in the next week or so ( but I am pretty confident in this team.

"If we continue to keep getting low scores in the first innings it is going to put us under a lot of pressure.

"To keep getting rolled so cheaply you will lose a few games and that is something we have to put right in the next week.

"We will not be having any `naughty boy nets' but individuals, no doubt, will be going and working on aspects of the game as they please.

"I am probably head of the lot. I have not scored runs in the first three games but I don't feel in too bad touch ( I just keep getting to 10 or 20 and getting out.

"At this kind of level you cannot afford to do that. You have to make sure you get in, as Jacques Kallis does for them, and get big scores.

"I am not one to throw the towel in. I will be working hard.

"I have been in this position before and I will come back from it."

Vaughan believes a similar inner resolve exists in the entire touring party which will come to the fore during the final two Tests of a series thrown open by the Proteas' crushing win. …

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