Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Hails Hostile Harmy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Hails Hostile Harmy

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Michael Vaughan excused himself from the celebrations over England's npower series win over West Indies to hail the resurgence of mis- firing spearhead Steve Harmison.

The Durham fast bowler has attracted his fair share of criticism during the Test series for his wayward bowling, particularly in the first innings at Old Trafford on a fast and bouncy surface which should have suited him perfectly.

But he shrugged off the criticism to bowl with pace and hostility on the final day, and finish with four for 95 as England completed a tense 60-run victory to extend their unbeaten streak in home series to 11.

It was a display which particularly impressed Vaughan, who became the most successful England captain in history with his 21st win at Old Trafford, even if he did accept Harmison still has room for improvement to recapture his very best.

"We showed character as a team and he showed more character than any of us," said Vaughan, whose side finally dismissed West Indies for 394 shortly after lunch chasing an historic victory target of 455.

"I've never been a bowler but I can only imagine how hard it can be when you know you're not at your best and you know that you're struggling and you're having to continue to bowl in front of many people watching.

"He obviously looked at himself, answered a few questions and came back in the second innings and really worked hard.

"I wouldn't like to say he's back to his best, but he's certainly back to some real consistency in the second innings. I'm really pleased for him because he has worked hard, he's worked a few things out and he deserves a little bit of success."

Harmison will head for his home ground at Chester-le-Street for this Friday's final Test expecting to be reunited with Matthew Hoggard, who will return to the side providing he proves his fitness after a thigh injury in Yorkshire's Friends Provident Trophy match at Headingley tomorrow. …

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