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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Vaughan proud despite loss
Andrew Flintoff
England were in command after Andrew Flintoff claimed three wickets
Dejected England captain Michael Vaughan paid credit to the West Indies' ninth-wicket pair after they snatched victory in the Champions Trophy final.

Vaughan said: "At 147-8 we were confident of winning the game but those two [Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw] came out and played very sensibly.

"They didn't give us a chance. They didn't even give us a run out chance and we take our hats off to them.

"Sometimes you take your hat off and say well played to the opposition."

Vaughan was satisfied his own players had done most things right, reducing West Indies to 147-8 in reply to their own total of 217 all out, which featured an innings of 104 by Marcus Trescothick.

"First and foremost Marcus Trescothick played a great innings to get us to a target that we were reasonably happy with.

Michael Vaughan
Skipper Vaughan missed out during England's innings

"We came out and bowled in the right areas and put them under great pressure.

"I'm very proud of what we've achieved in the past few months. Yes, we're disappointed not to pick up a trophy, but I think we've shown we've come a long way in one-day cricket."

He continued: "We were as motivated as we have been all summer. I think you could tell that from the commitment in the field.

"The lads are very tired, both mentally and physically, I certainly am. Now we've got two months to recoup and make sure the bodies and minds are intact for a tough winter ahead of us."

Asked why Ashley Giles had not been asked to bowl, he replied: "I tried to judge our attack given the situation and the wicket.

"We felt the spin option was not going to be the best option."




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