Vaughan praises India’s selection policy

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has praised the India management for leaving out some of their big-name players for their current Test series in the West Indies. “I think India are quite clever in managing their players,” Vaughan said. “Looking at the West Indies series now there’s so many of the players over there who won’t be involved against England.”

A number of senior players are missing for the West Indies tour – because of illness injury or, as with Sachin Tendulkar, they are being rested. “I think that’s good management on their behalf,” said Vaughan. “With the amount of cricket they play, they have to do that with their players. Tendulkar is having a break now and he’ll come back fresh and firing.”

But Vaughan backed England to overcome India in the four-Test series which begins at Lord’s on July 21. He said: “It’s the series England need right now and I’ll be honest, England in England, I’ll put them as favourites.”

After a man-of-the-series performance against Sri Lanka, England will be hoping that Chris Tremlett can continue his fine form against India’s star-studded line-up. Tremlett featured against India in 2007, taking 13 wickets in three Tests, but Vaughan is expecting him to have a bigger impact this time round: “Tremlett bowled well against them in ’07, but he’s a miles better bowler than that now.”

Vaughan is also expecting the India series to be Graeme Swann’s biggest challenge to date. “It will be the best batting line up that he’s bowled to,” said Vaughan. “But Swann has just got to do what he does. This will be a challenge for all the team, they know they’re in a big series when they’ve got MS Dhoni coming in seven, Harbhajan Singh eight and Zaheer Khan nine.”

Vaughan added: “I just hope none of the key players get injured because you want the best two teams playing against each other.”

Michael Vaughan was speaking at the launch of the NatWest Cricket Club initiative, which aims to help grassroots cricket generate £20m worth of local support

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