Will has put together an excellent collection of Michael Vaughan's best and worst moments as captain of England, including the obvious high:
England regain the Ashes
The 2005 Ashes was hyped like no other. Here was a
team mentally ready to take on Australia, equipped with a brace of
quality fast bowlers and led with ferocious determination by Vaughan.
It began predictably enough with a hammering at Lord’s, but the early
signs in the first Test were that England wouldn’t die wondering.
Harmison rattled Justin Langer and cut Ricky Ponting’s face during his
5 for 43, and England immediately bounced back at Edgbaston
in a spectacle that lit up the summer. Sneaking home by two runs,
England were led by a man unafraid of taking Australia on head-to-head,
with seemingly the entire country roaring them on. Vaughan’s 166 at Old Trafford
nearly gave England a series lead, but that would have to wait until
Trent Bridge where Ashley Giles and Hoggard nudged England over the
line. England held off Australia at The Oval, and Vaughan found cricketing nirvana to become the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.
Mark has a report card on the English players. And Duckingbeamers has the over, Flintoff to Kallis. It's a real shame about Mark Nicholas' commentary though.
Following the India/Sri Lanka series, Kartikeya has a great history of the ground the next match is being played at, P Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo:
This ground hosted Sri Lanka's inaugural Test Match in
1982. Test Cricket returned to this ground in 2002, when Australia
Since 2002, the P Saravanmuttu ground has hosted a number of notable Test Matches. The Australia - Pakistan Test match
was played on a true wicket, and the rampaging Australians predictably
won the first innings against a young, inexperienced Pakistan side,
taking a first innings lead of 188. The Australians were working their
way towards an insurmountable lead, when Shoaib Akhtar ran through them
like a hot knife through butter with a blindingly fast spell of
bowling. Left with 316 for a win, Pakistan fell 42 runs short, being
all out for 274 after having been 4/230 at one stage. Shane Warne took
11 wickets in the match.
made 274 at this ground when New Zealand toured last. South Africa have
lost a Test match here despite setting Sri Lanka 350 to win in the 4th
innings. Mahela Jayawardene made 123 and Sri Lanka sneaked home by one
And Ottayan makes an untimely intervention: should Harbhajan be in the team?