IT HAS been worked out that 77 per cent of those who represent England at this level go on to play for the full Test team. How long before the class of '94 begin to graduate?
England completed a 2-0 series victory in one-day internationals with a 10-wicket win at Bristol which nicely sets them up for the Test series which begins at Taunton on Thursday.
The England captain Michael Vaughan (98 not out) and Marcus Trescothick (84 not out) posted a record 187-run partnership in this, the 44th one-day international at this level. It was England's 17th win. Any one of his team-mates who beats the Yorkshireman Vaughan into the full side will do very well.
He hit 13 fours in his 115-ball innings outscoring even Somerset's Trescothick. The pair have scored six first-class centuries between them this season and looked a class above India's bowling which relied largely on five spinners.
England's attack featured four Yorkshiremen (Vaughan, Gary Keedy, Alex Morris and Chris Silverwood) but it was India's hesitant running that did for them. They contrived four run-outs - three as the score lurched from 79 for two to 95 for six.
England's tigerish fielding and accurate seam attack, spearheaded by another impressive Yorkshireman, Silverwood, prompted India's panic and only a 55-run eighth-wicket partnership in 11 overs between Dharmani (43 not out) and Saif (24) rescued them from embarrassment. India's attack posed little threat and by the seventh over the off-spin of Kanitkar and left-arm spin of Sanghvi were in harness.
It was all the same to Vaughan who launched some booming drives and cruelly punished anything that dropped short. Trescothick was occasionally troubled by the spin but still drove Sanghvi for the only six of the day as England reached their target with almost 19 overs in hand.
When they reached 144 they surpassed the record Vaughan had previously set with Matt Dowman for the first wicket against West Indies last year, and at 147 they had exceeded the record partnership of John Crawley and Piran Holloway posted against Australia at Melbourne in 1990.Reuse content