Vaughan backs Dravid decision

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> England captain Michael Vaughan has backed his Indian counterpart Rahul Dravid's decision of not enforcing the follow-on in the drawn third Test.

Updated: August 20, 2007 07:01 IST
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England captain Michael Vaughan has backed his Indian counterpart Rahul Dravid's decision of not
enforcing the follow-on in the drawn third Test, saying in the prevailing circumstances he would have done the same.

"If I'd have been in his position I'd have done exactly the same. 1-0 up and they want to make sure they win the series," Vaughan said.

The England captain, who lost his first Test series at home, said his team's mantra for the third Test was not to lose the match.

"We showed a lot of character to get through the draw. Yesterday morning, we set the guys a challenge 'If you can't win the game, you've to draw it'. And today (Sunday), in the circumstances, we did," he said.

"I hope people have seen that England are prepared to fight. We are going through a little bit of a transitional phase, lot of new players, and it's important we come through this. Today was a big moment to show character and fight and we've done that."

Vaughan, however, admitted it was disappointing to win the series at home and there were lessons to learn from it.

"It is disappointing to lose, there are series that you lose where you know you've played really bad cricket and there are series like this one where you think we haven't played that badly.

"We've been up against a very good Indian team. In the first game we were exceptional at Lord's, having lost the toss here on a really good pitch it was always going to be difficult. The series has been a really good learning curve for the team," he said.

Hosts under pressure

Vaughan also admitted that his team was under a lot of pressure during the series.

"We've been put under a lot of pressure. In the first innings we haven't got 400, you want to put India under pressure you need to put 400-450. Apart from that, series has been a great spectacle because art of swing bowling has been seen," he said.

"Throughout the series they were tough. I don't think they changed their ways after Lord's. I realised they got away at Lord's and played good cricket at Trent Bridge and here.

"In a three-match series, team that plays better cricket wins. The way India played the last two games, they picked the series. I'm sure you've all be entertained, proper Test match cricket."

Vaughan said England would have to plan to get back to winning ways in their next series against Sri Lanka.

"On November 17, when we get on the plane, we have to make plans to get our Test cricket back to winning ways in Sri Lanka," he said.

On his captaincy, Vaughan said "I have to wait and see, I really enjoyed coming back. Long time out with injury. Enjoyed being the captain."

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