I’ve never played cricket for England. I’ve never taken part in a cricket match knowing my future could be on the line. In cricketing terms, you could say I know nothing of The Crunch.
Michael Vaughan is about to find out all about The Crunch. He’s about to make it his new home. Because Vaughan, following another failure with the bat during Yorkshire’s game against Somerset at Scarborough, now has a maximum of three innings to make his case for inclusion in England’s winter touring squad.
On current form, there is no way he merits a place. Yet the past indulgence he has enjoyed from the selectors, as well as the fact that he was awarded a central contract mere days ago, suggest he might be included anyway.
If he is selected, perhaps in place of batsmen who have been making runs all summer, then it will strengthen the case suggesting that an “old boys’ club” mentality continues to exist in the dressing room.