Vaughan blasts Atherton over remarks on Pietersen

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Lambasting Mike Atherton's view that Kevin Pietersen's dependency on the pace bowling instead of spin was the main reason for visiting team's mauling in the ongoing ODI series, former skipper Michael Vaughan today asserted that the English captain has done well so far with his resources in the series.

''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 mediapersons at the sidelines of the 'Hindustan Times leadership Summit' here.

Former English skipper Mike Atherton had blamed Pietersen's reluctancy to use spinners in the ongoing series was the reason behind trailing 0-3 in the seven-match ODI series against India.

''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 had said.

Vaughan also went on to add that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not prove a better captain than Pietersen just because the hosts are on a winning note.

He also insisted that coach Gary Kirsten is also doing a great job with the Indian team.

''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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