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Vaughan not a great leader of men in Anderson's book

England pace bowler James Anderson has launched a scathing attack on the captaincy of Michael Vaughan, who led his country's successful bid to regain the Ashes in 2005. Panning the skipper, nothing new in England

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2012 01:41 IST

England pace bowler James Anderson has launched a scathing attack on the captaincy of Michael Vaughan, who led his country's successful bid to regain the Ashes in 2005.

Vaughan was widely regarded as a fine leader after revitalising England in the run-up to their first Test series win over old rivals Australia in 18 years.

But Anderson, who didn't feature in the 2005 Ashes after losing his place in the England team, claims Vaughan lacked the ability to talk to his players as individuals and left him feeling "alone and isolated" when he needed support.

No support
Writing in his autobiography, an excerpt of which was published in the Mail on Sunday, the 30-year-old, who is now a key member of the England bowling attack, talked about his relationships with Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, another former national team captain.

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"My relationship with Nasser was good on and off the field.

The same could be said of my relationship with Michael Vaughan, captain during my early England years, since his retirement. Unfortunately, despite our cordiality now, I didn't enjoy Vaughan as a captain," Anderson said. "As a young fast bowler, you need to know that your captain has his arm around your shoulder, if not physically, then metaphorically.

"Unfortunately, that is not something I ever felt playing under Vaughan. I actually felt alone and isolated when I most needed support.

Poor communicator
Anderson believes Vaughan's failure to communicate well was largely ignored because he was in charge of so many good players that the team's results kept the spotlight off the captain.

"A good captain should know how to talk to his team as individuals. I don't think Vaughan ever had that in him - a major reason I've not held him in as high regard as others have," Anderson added.

"He was not as good a captain as others made out. He was captain of a truly great team in 2005."