With the long-awaited sublime victories comes reorganisation for the losing side. Michael Vaughan resigns and may well have played his last game for England. Paul Collingwood also resigns but is no doubt continuing after his come back century. All hail the Pietersen! Vaughany has been in a bit of rut, and not just with his batting:
Vaughan's decision comes after Saturday's five-wicket defeat against
South Africa in the third Test at Edgbaston which gave the Proteas an
unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series and their first series
win in England since 1965.
It meant the 33-year-old batsman had
overseen three series losses against top-class opposition since
returning from a career-threatening knee injury.
Collingwood wants to concentrate on playing, not leading:
"I've found the extra workload to be very difficult," said Collingwood.
"I feel the captaincy diminished my ability to perform for England across all forms of the game."
Collingwood took over from Vaughan after England's dismal showing at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
Jonathan Liew is certainly not holding his breath on Vaughan's behalf:
Following England’s worst run of form for many years, this was no
more and no less than was required. With Vaughan gone, and Collingwood
following him, the times really do appear to be a-changin’.
I suspect that could be it for Vaughan as an England player, unless
he’s back by the start of next summer. As Mark Ramprakash has shown, an
aging batsman needs more than runs to force his way into the England
team. The pressure to recall him for the Ashes series will be immense,
but ultimately will depend on many factors: injuries, selectorial
whimsy, his own form, the form of whoever replaces him in the batting
line-up, and the form of the new England team. For the first time in
many years, Vaughan is no longer the master of his own destiny.
And speaking of Ramprakash, he's just made his hundred hundreds. Got on yer' Ramps. Brian understands the man quite well, I reckon:
I can't write anything original about the man as it's all been said
before, but I'll content myself with saying that when it comes to
technical fundamentals, he was the very best English player of his
generation, but you need a bit more than an impregnable technique to
succeed at the very highest level.
His main problem always seemed to be that it just meant too much.
Vaughan could easily play on and on too in county cricket.