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1st Test England v India



Michael Vaughan
Vaughan had no complaints about the decision to take the players off
England skipper Michael Vaughan says he will not be dwelling on the draw with India at Lord's with the second Test starting at Trent Bridge on Friday.

England were denied victory in the first Test when bad light and rain stopped play with India on 282-9.

"You have to wipe the slate clean," Vaughan told Radio Five Live.

"It has been a tough week for the players but we are looking forward to the next game, it's a great challenge playing against these Indians."

Vaughan predicted another tough match when the teams meet again in Nottingham.

He added: "India have a very skilled bowling attack, an experienced batting line-up and they play the game in the right spirit so it's going to be another good contest at Trent Bridge."

Vaughan hailed his bowling attack's performance in the drawn Test as the best for England since the 2005 Ashes series.

We have the left-arm option, the tall man of Tremlett with pace and bounce and Jimmy with the ability to swing it both ways

Vaughan on his pace attack

Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson, debutant Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar all performed impressively and Vaughan said: "We had conditions that helped our bowling but they still put the ball in the right areas.

"They put India's experienced batting line-up under a lot of pressure."

Vaughan had no problem with the umpires' decision to take the players off with England potentially just one ball away from winning the match.

"There were no complaints from me," he said. "If I had been on the batting side I would have wanted to go off because it was pretty dark."

England were without Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff, while Simon Jones and Ashley Giles remain long-term injury absentees.

Despite that, they bowled India out for 201 in the first innings and came agonisingly close to securing victory in the second.

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Hoggard is still not fit to take his place in the second Test but Vaughan is happy with the make-up of his attack.

"For someone like Chris Tremlett on debut to bowl the way he did and Jimmy Anderson coming back into the team to show the skill, control and pace he did was exceptional," the captain said.

"Ryan Sidebottom continued where he left off against the West Indies and we had the attacking threat of [spinner] Monty Panesar as well - the four of them produced a real performance.

"We have the left-arm option [Sidebottom], the tall man of Tremlett with pace and bounce and Jimmy with the ability to swing it both ways.

"It's a great option as a captain to have but they still have to put the ball in the right areas and that's exactly what they did."



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