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SKIPPER IS A VAUGHAN WINNERTHE Schofield Report is now out - and one of its main recommendations is for less international cricket. Michael V

aughan is obviously a forward-thinking person, because not playing Test cricket for 18 months did not affect his form at all. Going into the Leeds Test, a lot had been said about his lack of cricket following a broken finger, and how perhaps he should have proven his fitness and form in county cricket - but the England captain showed everyone what we have been missing. Michael i

s a strong character with huge belief in his ability and has never shirked a challenge. The way he h

as battled back from a career-threatening knee injury shows what a fighter he is. The easy option would have been to retire, take the insurance money and have a new career in the media, but this is not his way. As he went out to bat at Headingley he will have done so with great pride - and a few more nerves than normal. He knew he had to perform to prove to h

imself that he could still play at the highest level, and to answer his critics. Pressure can affect people in very different ways - some go into their shell and fail to make the most of the occasion; others respond positively and prove they are born winners. After an edgy start, Vaughan slipped into his own stylish mod

e of batting, with his trademark cover drive and pull shot in evidence. The bowling was very poor for most of his

innings, but take nothing away from Vaughans achievement

. His celebrations when he reached three figures (with Kevin Pietersen, below) showed what it meant to him. And the way his team-mates applauded from the balcony proved to everyone that he is also a very popular and important man to the England team. As a leader he is a natural, with excellent man-management skills, and his ability to stay ahead of the game with his tactical brain makes him Englands best all-round captain since Mike Brearley. England are a better side w

ith Vaughan in charge, and as l

ong as he can stay injury-free and build on his first innings, the future of the Test side is looking good. His next challenge will be to prove to the selectors that he is also the right man to lead the one-day side - an issue that could be harder for him to win than his battle for fitness. Vaughans return overshadowed the outstanding performance of Pietersen, and as much as KP enjoys the limelight, he will have been more than happy to play the supporting role on this occasion. His stroke play was outstanding as he dominated from ball one, imposing his special talent on the wayward West Indies attack. I have written here before that I believe KP can become one of

the greats of the game once he consistently turns his hundreds into big ones. He can then have his name alongside the likes of Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. Ma

tt Prior, the wicketkeeper batsman that England have been searching for since my retirement, has begun his Test career in a blaze of glory - and if he can learn from the likes of Vaughan and Pietersen then we will be seeing plenty of him for years to come. As his off-field manager, I have been accused of bias towards Matt, but I can assure you I firmly believe he has the tal

ent and the temperament to really establish himself in the England set-up. Any comparisons to the likes of Adam Gilchrist are premature but he has what it takes to succeed. The Schofield Report has been greeted well by the majority of people in the game, and the ECB have acted swiftly in implementing many of its recommendations. Everyone involved at every level of cricket shoul

d believe and understa

nd that the success of the England team is paramount. Everything should be done from the grass-roots up to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of producing the best players in the world - if the England team is successful, the whole game benefits. Kids must have heroes like Vaughan, Pietersen and Prior to look up to, an

d want to follow in their footsteps. If this is the case, the future of the game will prosper. The aim has to be to become the No.1 side in world cricket - and if the Schofield Report helps achieve this, it should be congratulated.