Vaughan’s early salvo at SA

2012-05-08 14:14

Cape Town – England’s Test bowling attack is better than South Africa’s ... with off-spinner Graeme Swann the crucial difference.

So says ever-opinionated former England captain Michael Vaughan, in what might be described as the first significant verbal salvo ahead of their home, three-Test series against the Proteas later this year.

Vaughan, who led England to their drought-breaking, famous Ashes recapture in 2005, took to Twitter on Tuesday – he is really prolific on this medium, with 12,971 tweets and counting – to suggest his country still holds the aces with ball in hand, in terms of the keenly-awaited contests between the world’s No 1 and 2-ranked sides from late July.

“England’s bowling attack is the best in the world. Would not swap it for any other. Not SA. Swann is the difference. Cheers,” he said.

He issued a follow-up tweet shortly afterwards saying: “My order of the best attacks ... England, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, West Indies, India, New Zealand.”

And in another Tuesday missive, he said: “England’s bowlers dominate most batting units everywhere these days.”

South Africans chewing on all this may be tempted to note that Vaughan seemed to steer clear of his country’s batting, which has rather let them down in recent series ...

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  • steyts - 2012-05-08 14:24

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whatever ou maat!! Steyn en Morkel gaan julle klomp opeet daar in julle eie land!

      pierre.brink - 2012-05-08 14:27

      Philander is die man!

      graham.plessis - 2012-05-08 14:41

      Perhaps the England attack has more depth with bowlers 4 and 5, but Philander and the always ranked no.1 Steyn are world beaters..

      jowza1 - 2012-05-08 14:46

      Is he trying to say they got enough south africans in their team already

      Maaifoedie - 2012-05-08 14:53

      He won’t say anything about England’s batting because they are almost exclusively South Africans: Strauss, Trott, KP and Prior. We will have to see about the batting but I don’t think they have the batters to dominate Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Parnell or De Lange. Judging from their Pakistan and Sri Lanka fiascos I think Tahir is good enough to put the fear of God into them.

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-05-08 15:29

      last time i checked . . . dale, morne and big vern were all ranked in the top 10 . . . who wouldn't wanna swop their attack for ours??? this bloke is still pissed that smith retired him in 2008!

      Gary - 2012-05-08 15:46

      Cant wait for SA vs SA B :) Vaughn is right they do have a brilliant South African prescence in their attack Pity they not touring here in SA - they could stay at home with their Folks

      Jaco - 2012-05-08 19:21

      The last two English tours, Graeme Smith knocked their captains into retirement (first Hussain, and then Vaughan) with double hundreds if memory serves...their attach better be at their VERY best seeing how AB is hitting it, and add Amla, Smith, Kallis and Faf to the mix...

      steyts - 2012-05-09 11:44

      EISH how can I make the mistake of leaving Philander out!! My bad!! I guess it is a good thing (actually freakin awesome) that Mr. Philader is playing some county cricket at the moment!! learning the pitches and getting ready to destroy everything in his path!!! GO YOU GOOD THING!!!

  • Trevor - 2012-05-08 14:25

    I hope Morne' sticks one right up Vaughans' nose and Steyn breaks Swanns' hand. Vaughan you're a chop!!

      Kevin - 2012-05-08 14:26

      Steyn & Morkel?? who has been taking all the wickets for the Proteas? Have you ever heard of Vernon Philander??

      Jaco - 2012-05-08 19:27

      English wickets are going to fit Vernon like a glove. I bet he can't wait to get over there!

  • Deon - 2012-05-08 14:26

    Dominating Pakistan at 0 - 3?

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-08 14:38

      Yep, the "best bowling" attack in the world really dominated those Pakistanis....... Made them sweat for their 3-0 whitewash of England.

  • Gaby - 2012-05-08 14:33


  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-08 14:36

    Seems to forget his own tearful farewell from the Test cricket stage..... caused by??? Oh yes, now I remember, South Africa!

  • Kevin - 2012-05-08 14:41

    What a plonker!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-08 14:45

    So just because some Twitter cowboy says so, it must be true? I'm sorry, really, really sorry, Micheal, but I can't see how Steyn, Morkel, Phillander, Tahir and Kallis are second best to England. Broad is injury-prone, Anderson is a poor man's Steyn, Tremlett isn't quite the same class as Morkel... That's a helluva lot of catching up to do by Swann alone. Kallis and Bresnan is an interesting match-up, conflicting roles and all that... But still, surely SA has to be the best!

  • Staalburger - 2012-05-08 14:45

    AB hit the world's best bowler for 23 runs in an over the other night. Would love to see how he rips apart the English. But what was Vaughn thinking anyway, with the likes of Steyn, Morkel and Philander?

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-08 14:47

      No, he wasn't thinking, he just opened his mouth and stuff came out.

  • Nick - 2012-05-08 14:58

    muppet wouldn't swop it if i could out batting also better than our b team so he thinks they have advantage because they have a spinner who can't bat and we don't have a spinner do they have a steyn morkel or a philander to call on ...NO sally broad the best they can come up with

      Bob - 2012-05-08 15:08

      We shall see Nick we shall see, perhaps SA has the edge with pace bowlers, there is big gap between Swann and Tahir, basically Swann is world class and can bat, Tahir is hardly International class and certainly can't hold a bat, it should be a fantastic series with the winners rightly named as the World No 1 test side, no excuses.

      Heiku - 2012-05-08 15:17

      Swann = finger spinner, Tahir = legspinner Enough said. Maybe to 'compete' we can give Harris another try? LOL

      Gareth - 2012-05-08 15:23

      @Bob - SA has far more than an edge going into this series in terms of the quality of our attack, based on current form. With that being said it all counts for nothing when the coin is tossed and the game gets underway. NZ had no answer for our bowlers, in their own backyard and England were humbled by Pakistan in theirs. We will all be watching I am sure for the outcome.

      jacques.joubert.swart - 2012-05-09 14:18

      @ Bob, you say Swann can bat, do you? Recall Tahir's 28 against Sril Lanka and compare that to the 36 Swann made against us on their last tour here, strikingly similar innings, and also, none of them has had any innings of substance after that. Tahir is our number 11. Swann is considered an all rounder by the English. Hmmmmm.

  • Roy - 2012-05-08 15:07

    Hope the Proteas wipe this ass----s nose in the mud and show England that we are a much better team than them although they can only brag because ex South Africans win games for them.

  • Nick - 2012-05-08 15:09

    hmm they were well and truly dominated in their last couple test in all departments nice try vaughny

  • renesh.rambalie - 2012-05-08 15:30

    Is this man sane????????

      nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-05-08 19:07


  • Mike - 2012-05-08 16:41

    It is going to be a great series. I agree they have the better spinner but I think he is underestimating a couple of our bowlers they havn't played against yet. They also havn't experienced Morkel's improvement. Philander is perfectly suited to English conditions where the ball does a bit off the seam. If anything happens to the top three we have De Lange in reserve who will also surprise them. When it comes to the batting both top 5s look strong with 6 a bit dicy.Strauss might just be going over the hill. On the other hand I think they have sussed out that Kallis doesn't pick up the short one as well as he used to. They definately have the edge in the keeper batsman category. They have home ground advantage. I am really looking forward to an exciting series and it should be very close. Pity we can't play 5 Tests.

      Inky - 2012-05-08 16:50

      England have the better captain !

      Jaco - 2012-05-08 19:37

      Great pic Mike! If Swann is the difference between the attacks, then we must be in big trouble (lol)... the spinner wins one day in five (the last), and I predict at least two of the tests are not going to last that long...

  • Ken - 2012-05-08 17:29

    Arrogant pommy bastard!

      Bob - 2012-05-09 10:23

      Arrogant South African git, worst supporters in the world, always crying it was the refs fault, it's because your side has players that were born in SA, it's this it's that, why don't you react like your superb sportsmen that actually compete, they are humble and a credit to the country.

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-05-08 18:50

    This has got to be the most far fethed Poms article in a whie, this from a team white washed by Pakistan just recently, Honestly I dont see England bowling us twice for rwo low scores in a match, and I cant see the Poms surviving the assult battery of Steyn, Morkel and Philander, and this just may be the series Tahir actually blossoms...He is class!

      Bob - 2012-05-09 10:24

      Nathi, I think you have to go back to school and take the English exam again.

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-05-08 18:54

    This has got to be the most far fetched Poms article in a while, this from a team white washed by Pakistan just recently, Honestly I dont see England bowling us twice for two low scores in a match, and I cant see the Poms surviving the assult battery of Steyn, Morkel and Philander, and this just may be the series Tahir actually blossoms...He is class!

  • Charlie - 2012-05-09 10:55

    They did really well against Pakistan. Pity the batsmen played like clowns. It is shameful that England have decided to only play 3 Tests against the No 2 team. Are SA no longer regarded as a top-tier touring team by the English?

  • Tumi - 2012-05-09 15:04

    agg shemmm Vaughyyyy if u take out Swann out of the bowling attack wt do u hv there eish even bangladesh is far better than england bt the time shal come then wi'll c Steyn,Morkel,Philander nd nt 4getting king Kallis will show them wu's the best bowling attack go proteas go

  • Thabo - 2012-05-10 12:21

    Always over opinionated n overconfident. Is it really smart thing to say that before the series? U just got beaten recently by pakistan. Stop looking for attention and agenda where the aren't any. All the best Proteas

  • Thabo - 2012-05-10 12:27

    Why everyone suprised. Its an English thing. Always like this ahead of major tournament. Be it football,Cricket,Rugby or any other sport. And they don't go any further.

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