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Vaughan salutes EPP influence

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Michael Vaughan has backed the England Performance Programme to keep providing the senior side with talented players in the future.

Vaughan, who captained England to Ashes glory in 2005, visited the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough last week to educate the emerging youngsters on his experiences as an international player.

And after seeing the impressive set-up at first hand, Vaughan believes the EPP, whose players are due to travel to South Africa and India, represents the best way possible of preparing the younger generation for the rigours of world cricket.

“I really believe this is the conveyor belt. The way I have been speaking all summer, I really think England are now going to go through potentially their best times because of this set-up which is in place,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“The structure around the England team, the coaching staff down to the under-16s is exceptional. They are given the same kind of training as the guys in the first team. I can only see good things to come out of this Loughborough academy and the conveyor belt which has been set for many years.

Michael Vaughan & James Taylor

Former captain Michael Vaughan, left, believes "England get it spot on" when preparing their talented youngsters for international cricket

“This is like the factory floor which will provide England with players for many, many years.”

Vaughan insists the training facilities and technology England provide to enhance the younger players’ development is reaping its rewards after the array of talent that have been given their opportunities in the senior side over the last few months.

“England now leave no stone unturned, the players get every opportunity and are given all the right tools to be successful and get the most out of their talent,” he said.

“In terms of development of players, England get it spot on.”

The former Yorkshire batsman insists players wanting to succeed at international level have to fully believe in their ability and have a hunger to keep improving.

“I’m a big believer that you have one opportunity. You do have a 15-year career path and everytime you go on the pitch, you have an opportunity to do something special,” he added. “I really believe we, in this country, look at other people that we can blame to potentially give ourselves an excuse.

“I think if you look in the mirror every morning and give yourself a few questions, the only person who can give you the answers is yourself rather than look around and ask for answers.

“It’s important that you do analyse yourself and be honest about where you need to improve. Every single day you can improve on whatever you have done the previous day.

“If everyone does that and is more open and honest with themselves, the team will improve because you are getting the best out of your own opportunities and that’s what it’s all about, standing up on the big stage and delivering a performance and winning it for your team. The only way you do that is being honest with yourself.”

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