Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ashes Experience a Help ( Vaughan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ashes Experience a Help ( Vaughan

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Byline: By Carl Markham

Captain Michael Vaughan (pictured) believes the success England's batsmen had against Shane Warne in the Ashes series will stand them in good stead for the tour to Pakistan.

The squad, which includes Durham trio Steve Harmison, Paul Collingwood and newcomer Liam Plunkett, flies out to the sub-continent today for one of the most testing trips in international cricket.

Many touring sides have come unstuck in Pakistan after struggling to come to terms with the conditions ( which vary from the heat and dusty pitches to the local food.

The majority of Vaughan's squad have not experienced a tour to the sub-continent and after the seamer-friendly pitches of an English summer, they will find spinners coming to the fore in Pakistan.

However, the 30-year-old is confident they can adapt quickly, believing the form they showed against the greatest spinner in the history of the game during a victorious Ashes series highlighted how they are no longer over-awed by slower bowlers.

"I would be very surprised if we go to Pakistan and it doesn't spin. But we have become decent players of spin over the last few years," said Vaughan.

"Look at the World XI team (in the recent ICC Super Test in Australia) and the success Stuart MacGill and Warne (both leg spinners) had against the best players in the world.

"That shows what success we had against Warne. He managed to take 40 wickets but we took him for a few an over."

England coach Duncan Fletcher is also in no doubt about the magnitude of the task ahead of his side ( even taking into account the historic triumph over Australia which won back the Ashes after a 16-year barren spell.

However, the players will find there will be none of the euphoria which followed their every move during the summer as, despite the presence of the Barmy Army ( themselves hardened travellers ( it will be a considerably quieter affair for the team.

Fletcher believes, though, that is something which may work to their advantage.

"It is going to be a challenge within itself. The wickets are going to be different and it will be interesting to see if they go with spinning wickets ( which will bring our reverse swing into play," said the Zimbabwe-born coach. …

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