Better still to come - Vaughan
England are yet to peak, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.
Vaughan, who led the Test side from 2003 to 2008, has been covering England’s Ashes triumph Down Under in his new role as broadcaster.
Former top-order batsman Vaughan was the star of a losing Ashes cause in the 2002-03 shortly before becoming skipper but, having guided his side to victory at home to Australia in 2005, missed out on captaining in 2006-07 due to a knee problem.
Impressed as he was by the tourists’ emphatic win this winter, the 36-year old is convinced there is more to come.
“I just hope that we can really press on now because I think this set of players haven’t yet peaked,” Vaughan, who presented a replica urn to victorious captain Andrew Strauss, told ecb.co.uk/video.
“You know, I think there’s still a little bit left in the tank and that’s something that England cricket and particularly Andy Flower can look at as a real positive.
“Yes, we’ve won here 3-1 but there’s still plenty left that the lads can improve upon, which is a great think to be able to say.”
Vaughan highlighted England’s strength in depth, such as Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan proving ample replacements for Stuart Broad and Steven Finn respectively, as key to their series victory.
“That’s always the sign of a team, that you can lose one or two players through injury - and that always happens in a five-match series - and you can bring two or three new guys in and they can even add to the team,” he said.
“And that’s what Bresnan and Tremlett have done, they’ve actually added to the team.
“When Stuart Broad’s back through his injury and Steven Finn, we’ve got a pool of players now and bowlers that we can actually rotate.
“And for so many years the rotation policy has been talked about in English cricket but we’ve never really had the depth to be able to do that. Well now we have that, so bowlers should be able to stay fresh and fit.
“And in terms of the batting, it’s as good a unit of batting that I’ve seen from England.
“They’re all hungry, they play a little bit like the old fashioned way, which is occupying the crease, exactly what Test match cricket is needed at this stage against these kind of teams.
“And I just see big scores on the board, I see us putting pressure on every team around the world.”
Vaughan hailed the contribution of Strauss and team director Flower in encouraging the players to keep their success in perspective throughout the tour.
“England in this series have been unbelievably good,” he added. “They really have outplayed Australia in all departments. One blip at Perth, but that can happen.
“The three victories, to win by an innings, it’s as good as I’ve seen by an England team away from our own shores and I just think they’re going to get better and better. The strength in depth is big and I think the drive of the team is very important.
“Strauss and Andy Flower seem to be sending the right messages that ‘alright we’ve won an Ashes 3-1, we’ll celebrate, we’ll sing and dance for a couple of days.
“But it’s only the fifth team in the world and we want to be the number ones and to be that we’ll have to beat India in the summer’.
“And that’s going to be a tremendous series for everyone to watch.”
Of that four-Test rubber in July and August, Vaughan is particularly excited about the contest between India’s batsmen and England’s bowlers.
“The India series will be a big one because their top seven is proper,” he predicted. “They’ve got Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni at seven, Harbhajan at eight getting hundreds.
“So that’s going to be the real challenge and I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t go on and win that series because of the fact we have bowlers who can change, have an impact on, a game on any surface.
“We’ve seen here reverse swing, we’ve seen Swann into action at the Adelaide Oval, we’ve seen bounce from Tremlett.
“So we have had everything covered in the bowling department to go and put all the batsmen around the world under pressure.”