Vaughan hunts down complacency
Friday 07 October 2005
Next up for England are this winter's tours to Pakistan and India. Vaughan said: "Our next challenge is to continue our success. We have beaten every team over the last two years and we have got to make sure we do that over the next two years. Australia away in 16 months' time is the real, true test but Pakistan and India away are massive challenges for the team."
England's job on the subcontinent was made harder by the withdrawal this week of the Glamorgan paceman Simon Jones, who failed to overcome the ankle injury sustained in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, which kept him out of the finale at the Oval.
"It is certainly a blow because he has become a real potent threat, especially with his reverse swing which plays a big part of the bowling armoury in Pakistan and India," added Vaughan. "He will be missed but we have coped with players having injuries over the last couple of years very well and it creates an opportunity for someone else to come in and show what they can do."
Although replacements for Jones appear to be thin on the ground, with Chris Tremlett also struggling with injury and no obvious candidate with the academy squad this winter, Vaughan is confident that the team will be able to compensate.
The England captain, speaking at the launch of four special Royal Mail stamps to mark the Ashes victory, is also determined not to allow the players to bask in that glory. "It is a young team who can play together for a number of years. The ones who do become complacent are generally not the winners and we tend to have a lot of guys in the team with ambition."
* Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath has been rested for today's second one-day international in Melbourne against the World XI and is replaced by Stuart Clark, who will make his international debut. The leg-spinner Cameron White is also in the side.
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