Michael Vaughan No Longer the Right Man to Captain England?

Steven WhiteAnalyst IJuly 23, 2008

Michael Vaughan will go down in history as one of England's greatest batsman and their greatest captain. Vaughan has notched up 26 wins since he was appointed captain in 2004, the most ever for an England skipper.

Of those 26 wins, none will be better remembered in years to come than the two which ensured England regained the Ashes for the first time in nearly 20 years, back in the memorable summer of 2005.

His reign will be looked upon in the future as a golden age.

At the moment, however, there is a lot of discontent from the England fans, and there have been a lot of calls for his head following his poor batting displays against New Zealand and South Africa so far this summer.

Indeed, nobody can argue Vaughan is not out of form—so far in 2008 he is averaging just 28 with the bat, nearly half the 47 he was averaging in 2007.

There is also no doubt England are not as good as they were previously under Vaughan.

The last time England took on South Africa in 2004-05, they looked the better side, and came away with a 2-1 series victory.

Whilst this is still achievable for Vaughan's men this summer, most will admit it is unlikely, and, regardless, South Africa this time around look the far stronger side.

Couple this with how much trouble it was for England to beat a decidedly mediocre New Zealand team in the previous months and it is apparent England, in their current state, will struggle against Australia next year.

England's main problem in recent times has been scoring runs, which is odd when you see the abundance of batting talent the side has.

The one man who consistently turns in lowest score however, sadly, is Vaughan.

When he gets going there is no stopping him, but the problem is that it's getting rarer and rarer that he does get going.

A captain should lead from the front—it sounds cliched, I know—but he should.

Look at Graeme Smith: he opens the batting and very rarely is he dismissed without making a good contribution. The same goes for Ricky Ponting.This can only have a good effect on the team, it can only encourage them to go out and play. England need someone like this.

So who would I like this inspirational captain to be?

Well, I'd like it to be Michael Vaughan.

Having said all I have about him, you wont find a bigger Michael Vaughan fan than me anywhere. I still believe he has a lot to offer England as a captain and as a batsman and should be given more time to re-establish his form.

It's the old adage—form is temporary, class is permanent, and anyone that argues Vaughan is not a class batsman simply doesn't understand cricket. However, if he is still failing with the bat at the end of the tour of the West Indies this winter, it may be time for him to consider calling it a day and letting someone else take the reigns.