While I would be the first to cheer Michael Vaughan’s return to lead England in tonight’s crucial clash against the Kiwis, it is unfortunate that it is Mal Loye that seems set to miss out. Although he has not scored heavily during his brief international career, he has shown agression and has entertained at the top of the innings. Could Vaughan have not slotted in at four? What about Joyce to three and Bell at four? Strauss would then have been the man to miss out – although he looks most likely to be the man to go at the moment once Pietersen is back.

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