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Vaughan backs new England faces to impress Published: 27 February 2014

Michael Vaughan rings the Lord's bell at the England v Pakistan Test in 2010
Michael Vaughan rings the Lord's bell at the England v Pakistan Test in 2010

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called on England’s young stars to "make a name for themselves" with Test places up for grabs in the summer.

After a difficult winter in Australia, England will now play a limited overs series against West Indies before the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh with a new-look side, and Vaughan is backing some of the new faces to make an impression.

Any time you stick an England shirt on, especially if you're coming in for the first time, you want to do well

“Any time you stick an England shirt on, no matter what the format, if you’re coming in for the first time you want to do well", said MCC World Cricket committee member Vaughan.

"Take someone like Moeen Ali - if he looks like he has the temperament, the character and the game to play at the highest level it’ll do his chances of getting a Test position later in the year no harm at all."

After the retirement of Graeme Swann, the omission of Kevin Pietersen and with the future of other regulars in doubt, it looks highly likely that England will be much changed for the first Test of the summer against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in June, and Vaughan sees the limited over matches as a chance for new players, such as Worcestershire's Ali, to impress.

"The fact he [Ali] bowls off-spin is great. The likes of him, Joe Root, Scott Borthwick - these guys who can bat and bowl spin are the kind of cricketers England will have to look at now they don’t have the expertise of Graeme Swann."

Vaughan: Collingwood is "exactly what this England side need"

England start their ODI series against West Indies on Friday 28 February with another new face in the camp in the shape of newly-appointed assistant coach Paul Collingwood, and Vaughan is backing his former teammate to make a difference to the side’s fortunes.

"The morale and spirit is one of the areas that you try to get right when it’s all gone wrong, and Collingwood will definitely improve that. Ashley Giles has brought him in to galvanise the group, and that’s what he’ll do," he added.

"People talk about him being the mascot for the side and just a fun character but that’s not fair. Paul has a fantastic cricket brain and a real nous for the game, and that’s exactly what this England side need.

"Paul came up with some great strategies as England captain when they won the World T20 four years ago."

Collingwood will also play in the MCC v Rest of the World celebratory match at Lord’s on Saturday 5 July.


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