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Vaughan is "out of order"

Worcestershire chairman John Elliott said on Wednesday England captain Michael Vaughan was "totally out of order" for criticizing county cricket after his loss to South Africa.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2003 20:07 IST

Worcestershire chairman John Elliott said Wednesday England captain Michael Vaughan was "totally out of order" for criticizing county cricket.

After England lost the fourth test to South Africa at Headingley on Monday to fall behind 2-1 in the series, Vaughan said English cricketers play so much county cricket "that it can get boring." Elliott wasn't impressed.

"I am very disappointed reading his statement— he has captained England in only three tests," said Elliott.

"I think he is totally out of order doing that. England should look internally. He has basically called the players a load of wimps who are not good enough to play test cricket."

Playing county cricket can only help players, Elliott added.

"They have got all the help in the world with physios, psychoanalysts, dietitians and managers," he said.

"They've got everything, and they still can't get out there and play the game. Perhaps Michael Vaughan will have a wake-up call and realize he has said the wrong things. I know a lot of people are very angry at what he has said."

England and South Africa play the fifth and final test at The Oval next week.

First Published: Aug 27, 2003 20:06 IST