Lack of spin no excuse for England's poor show: Vaughan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Michael Vaughan refused to buy Mike Atherton's view that Pietersen's indifference to spin bowling was one of the reasons behind his team's poor show.

Updated: November 22, 2008 15:56 IST
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New Delhi:

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Saturday refused to buy compatriot Mike Atherton's view that Kevin Pietersen's indifference to spin bowling was one of the reasons behind his team's poor show in India.

Atherton had blamed Pietersen's indifferent and odd attitude towards spin bowling for England trailing 0-3 in the seven-match ODI series against India and advised him to urgently change his mentality.

"The England captain's blinkered view has not served his side well in the opening two One-Day Internationals in India... He does not consider spin to be a legitimate part of the game - or at least an important part of a winning game plan - and when you are in the middle of a tour to India, that is a dangerous attitude to hold," Atherton has said.

Vaughan, however, felt otherwise saying Pietersen has been doing a good job so far though he was learning the tricks of the trade.

"Kevin has been a tremendous captain though he is still learning. He cannot have every decision right. I feel Kevin has done a very good job so far," Vaughan told reporters at the sidelines of the 'Hindustan Times leadership Summit'.

Vaughan also said he did not consider Mahendra Singh Dhoni a better captain than Pietersen just because the home team was winning.

"Form of our batsmen is down but there is a lot of credit to the Indian bowlers as well. Dhoni brings a lot of energy and instills confidence into his teammates. coach Gary Kirsten is also doing a very good job with the team," he said.

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