Michael Vaughan has replaced Andrew Flintoff as England captain for the one-day series in Australia.One's natural reaction to this move is pleasure or even relief. But is it such a good idea?
First, there is the worry that Vaughan's knee will not stand up to a one-day series against Australia and the subsequent World Cup. And if it goes again, then that will probably be the end of his career. Are we risking this long-term disaster in an attempt to avoid embarrassment over the next couple of months.
Second, there is the fact that Vaughan has never been a terribly good limited overs player. As the BBC says:
In 74 matches, the Yorkshire man has yet to score a century, averaging 28 with a top score of 90, which was against Zimbabwe in December 2004.So, whatever Vaughan's virtues as a captain, it is unlikely that his batting will make that much difference.
Third, is his hurried recall really an attempt by the selectors to put off having to make a long-term decision about the test match captaincy? That appears to be a straight fight between Flintoff and Strauss, with recent events in Australia suggesting that it is Strauss who should win.
But taking the captaincy away from Flintoff and giving it to Strauss would be a public humiliation for Freddie. So is giving it to Vaughan just a risky way of letting Flintoff down gently?