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Vaughan advises County therapy for the Indians

Calcutta: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had defended the Indian Premier League (IPL) and had asked others not to be jealous of it. But former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that the young Indian players must come out of IPL’s shadow and play county cricket to improve their skills.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India has some tough calls to make. My main recommendation is to get their players to play County cricket,” Vaughan wrote in his column for a British daily.

Vaughan said it was important for the Indian youngsters to learn to play in English conditions for their overall development as cricketers.

“Young Indian players need exposing to a wider world outside the pampering and riches of the Indian Premier League. They need to learn how to bat and bowl in our conditions,” he said.

“All the greats of the past 30 years had spells in county cricket. It would do their development a great deal of good to come here,” he added.

Vaughan on Monday took criticism to another level after he posted a ‘white flag’ on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag following the visitors’ abject surrender at The Oval.

Vaughan also feels that England have a great platform to prepare for next year’s World Cup. “No England side have ever had such a platform to prepare for a World Cup. We need to start picking the right team capable of making the big scores needed to win one-day matches these days. The best way to do that is power, with Alex Hales at the top of the order.”

Interestingly, Vaughan has prescribed flat pitches for better preparation of the England batsmen. “We also have to prepare flat pitches. Even if we lose, it does not matter. Scores of 310-320 have to be par and England have to realise 270-280 will not win the World Cup.”

“England’s bowling attack lacks any mystery spin or a bowler at 95mph so will need totals 10 per cent over par to defend. Starts are important, but it is in the middle period of an innings when I want to see an improvement.

Vaughan believes that England captain Alastair Cook’s biggest challenge will to be justify his place in the one-day team. “Cook’s biggest challenge in is to justify his place. There is nobody as good at opening in Test cricket, but in one-dayers, there are five or six batsmen who could do a better job. Perhaps he would be best served by having the winter off and letting someone else lead the one-day side.”