Vaughan bowled over by options

MICHAEL VAUGHAN is relishing the prospect of choosing between an increasing pool of outstanding bowlers as competition for places increases among England’s attack.

In their Ashes win of 2005, Vaughan had Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones, four varied but talented seamers backed up with the experience and determination of left-arm spinner Ashley Giles.

For the first time since that incredible summer, Vaughan was forced to go into a Test without any of that attack for last week’s opening Test against India at Lord’s yet his young bowlers responded superbly to come within one wicket of victory.

As England prepare for the second Test at Trent Bridge today, Vaughan is relishing the day when he may have them all available and battling for a starting place.

“It was a very impressive display from all the guys who played at Lord’s.

‘‘They worked well as a unit, which is something we haven’t probably done that well since 2005.

“It’s nice as a captain to have options and variations and all the bowlers working very well together, but until everybody is fit and firing we’re just picking from the guys that are available.

“The bigger pool of bowlers that we can have, the better it is for the team. Hopefully everybody will get fit and everybody will be bowling well and there will be a few tough decisions to make.

“It’s always healthy to have competition for places because it keeps you on your toes.’’

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