Vaughan’s batting in 2002 has been the talk of international cricket through the year and has marked him out as a future captain. After all, he did lead the England A side successfully in 1998-99 to South Africa and Zimbabwe. He himself averaged over 40 and handled the side most maturely. It was those qualities that finally saw him make the main England squad to South Africa in 1999-2000.
In his debut series in South Africa, he did not play as an opener in the four Tests. His scores were modest, but what was noticeable even at that stage was his temperament which is still his greatest strength. It was no surprise when he was handed a full England contract for 2000.