England will win series - Vaughan
As England and South Africa battle with leather and willow to see who is the best Test cricket team in the world, MSN Sport's Rob Jones speaks exclusively to former England captain Michael Vaughan to get his views on the series.
The last time South Africa came to England was in 2008 - a series which the saw the visitors win 2-1 and signaled the end of Michael Vaughan's time as England Test captain.
With one match to go, but England's fate already sealed, Vaughan memorably made a teary press conference in which he announced his resignation as skipper.
The Yorkshire batsmen insists that he had already told his wife at the start of the summer that he was going to resign at the end of the series anyway, but says he would've liked to go out a different way, "I would've loved to go out winning the series, but some things just aren't meant to be."
Vaughan takes diving catch v South Africa in 2008
Now looking forward to this intriguing battle between the two current sides, Vaughan feels that England are the team to beat, "With England in the groove, them knowing the conditions so well and South Africa only having played four days of cricket, I can't see anything but an England series victory."
"It will be close, perhaps 1-0. The weather will obviously affect play and it will be tight between two top sides, but the pitch is good at Headingly and at Lord's, so I think the deciding match could be at the Oval and England have a good record there."
Much talk has been on the two bowling attacks and Vaughan agrees that they could be the key to success, "Both attacks are going to give the top six something to think about. If Morkel, who's good at left-handers can dismiss Cook and Strauss then that leaves Steyn to have a go at the right-handers, which he's brilliant at."
"However, when Graeme Smith does well so do South Africa. If England can silence him with the bat, then that could be key to success for England."
England v Australia always has that pre-series excitement, but these three Tests seem to have that same Ashes-like buzz as Strauss' men take on Smith's to see who is top dog.
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