Yorkshire 350 Hampshire 246-9: Vaughan's telling body language

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Michael Vaughan's demeanour was the intriguing element of a day's play much of which would be described in football terms as a scoreless draw. What do you do, as a very successful England captain, when there are five other players on your side who have led the team at one time or another and one of whom is the captain of South Australia? Do you intervene, wait to be asked, or simply keep your distance?

After Shane Warne had wrapped up the Yorkshire innings in seven balls Vaughan viewed Hampshire's openers with a seemingly lofty disdain from mid-on. When 22 was taken off the first four overs he was drawn into a conference between Craig White and Darren Lehmann. Dispatched to long leg he must have signed autographs for 1,000 schoolboys, who suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He exchanged words, long distance, with White at gully, but they could have been chatting at the news that Wayne Rooney had appeared in England training gear.

Vaughan must be concerned about the bowling. Jason Gillespie is, consistently, a little too short and a little too wide. Deon Kruis, after a torn calf muscle, has yet to find last season's form. Vaughan did have words with Kruis when the South African switched to his favoured Kirkstall Lane End and who then produced fine deliveries to dismiss Jimmy Adams, a splendid catch behind off an inside edge, and a veritable thunderbolt to uproot John Crawley.

Mike Carberry devalued a disciplined 40 overs with a slash at a wide ball, while Nick Pothas fell to a brilliant slip catch. When Dimitri Mascarenhas played on and Warne edged a hook Yorkshire had the edge. But if the forecast is correct this wearing pitch will become drier and quicker, in which case Warne may well have the last word and improve on his first-innings figures, his best on this ground.

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