Dear Michael Vaughan,
This morning you said to the world via twitter:
“Anyone else struggling to explain to their 9 yr old that KP isn’t allowed to play for England?”
I have some suggestions for what you might say.
You can start off by telling him why you refused to take the Director of Cricket job. He is your son, so you can probably do a little better than saying the “role wasn’t for you” while denying that it was to do with your media commitments or golf schedule. I think he would like to know why it is when you had the chance to help your country and put your money where your mouth is you passed.
It’s all very well criticising Andrew Strauss’s decision but you knew he was going to do that. Everyone knew what he was going to do. There are tribesmen in undiscovered parts of the Amazon who knew what Andrew Strauss was going to do. You were given an opportunity that mere fans will never get. As you yourself said, it something is important you find a way to make it work.
You passed and with your decision went my respect for your opinion. I’ve enjoyed reading your articles about England and I think you were right about the causes and right about the solution. Instead you have left us with Andrew Strauss. And without Kevin Pietersen.
So therefore I would go with, “I’m sorry son. It’s my fault, but I hear Alastair Cook is an exciting player.”