Originally Posted by Aberdeen Angus
Trescothick finished his test match career with an average of 45 so can't say he didn't fulfill his potential. Vaughan must have got nearly 20 test match tons, including 4 against one of the greatest attacks of all time and was a fantastic captain. I think going along the lines of Ramprakash and Hick is better!
Could be argued that Andrew Flintoff never quite reached his potential with the bat as well
Trescothick should still be opening for England, maybe not reaching his potential is a bit out here.
I agree with what you say about Vaughan but he averaged less than 42 in tests and never nailed down a place in the one day side but I used to love watching him, he was a really elegant player. That series in Australia showed what he could do, never got near that level again, albeit that could have been largely due to his knee. Watching the way he played he should have been held in the same esteem as Ponting and Tendulkar.
Flintoff never seemed to take it seriously enough. He just needed to time it but was determined to smash it. Mind he didn't have a clue what spinners were doing, don't think he had the batting talent of the other players mentioned (apart from Luke Wright).