Michael Vaughan: Victory over England a huge boost for Australia

Last Updated: 06/06/13 3:30pm

  • Share:
Michael Vaughan: Victory on Saturday would boost Australia

Michael Vaughan: Victory on Saturday would boost Australia

Sky Bet

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes victory for Australia against England on Saturday would mean more to them than the home side.

Vaughan led England as they regained the Ashes in 2005 and felt his side's confidence was improved by defeating the Aussies in the Champions Trophy the previous year.

But with England favourites to retain the urn they have held since 2009, Vaughan is not convinced defeat for Alastair Cook's side will affect them as they look to defend the famous old trophy.

"I don't think Saturday will affect England too much with regard to the rest of the summer, whatever happens," he said.

"But I think it could be a huge confidence booster for Australia if they go out and beat England on Saturday. I think it is what they need.

"There is a lot of change from their one-day side to their Test side, but there is a nucleus there that is set to be a part of that first Test on July 10.

"We played Australia in 2004 in a Champions Trophy semi-final and beat them, and that was about eight or nine of each team that was going to be part of the Ashes.

"Then when we hammered them in a Twenty20 match, again, I felt that it gave us a big lift.

"It was (important) for us because the Australian side at that time had dominated England for three Ashes series and many one-dayers."

Australia skipper Michael Clarke is an injury doubt ahead of the Group A game at Edgbaston.

But regardless of whether he plays or not, Vaughan is convinced victory will offer him a welcome boost.

"He hasn't won that many games against England, particularly in the last couple of series," added Vaughan.

"So with a view to whatever he can gain in terms of confidence and just a feel-good factor in and around his squad and group of players, for that sole reason, Saturday's game for Australia is a big one."

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private


ICC Champions Trophy 2013

Dhoni: the India skipper cuts an impressive figure, says Bob

Bowled over

India's batsmen have run riot so far, but Bob Willis says it won't be so easy against England's attack.

Jonathan Trott: Happy to be at home

Trott happy at home

Jonathan Trott will be a happy man when he walks out on his home turf at Edgbaston in the Champions Trophy final.

Ishant Sharma: High praise for India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Ishant hails Dhoni leadership

Ishant Sharma says Mahendra Singh Dhoni should take the credit for steering India to the final of the Champions Trophy.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Sky Cricket Podcast

Sky Cricket Podcast

Jacques Kallis and VVS Laxman join us to look ahead to the IPL and reflect on their stellar careers.

The all-new World Cup

The all-new World Cup

Fifty-over cricket was reborn in 2015 as records tumbled. Benedict Bermange charts the evolution...

Tim's World Cup A-Z

Tim's World Cup A-Z

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Tim Abraham has spent the last seven weeks in Australia. Here's his A-Z...