‘I will not accept any attack on my honesty’

England

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has hit back at claims made by batsman Jonathan Trott, saying that his honesty should not be questioned when it comes to impartiality in the commentary box.

Trott, in his new book Unguarded, opined that Vaughan's stake in a player management company made him unreliable as a commentator for matches in which ISM clients were playing, the likes of which include Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

Trott was also upset by how Vaughan criticised his departure from the Australia Ashes tour three years ago, citing stress-related mental illness, saying the former skipper had an 'agenda'.

Vaughan, at the time, wrote in the Telegraph: "We were allowed to believe he was struggling with a serious mental health issue … but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference."

Trott wrote in his book, an excerpt of which was published by the Times: "If I was out of the way – and Vaughan’s scorn for my condition made it quite clear that he thought I should be banished for ever – might there be more room in the side for the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow … Scott Borthwick and Ben Stokes?

"Only Michael Vaughan can tell you for sure whether he was influenced by that relationship.

"But it shocked me that the BBC and the Telegraph continued to use him as an analyst despite the possibility of the perception of a conflict of interest.

"Surely there should have been a disclaimer at the end of every article he wrote or every show on which he appeared letting the public know the context of his views?"

Vaughan has responded, via a statement on Twitter: "At the time of writing that article, I held no role with ISM other than being a client of ISM.

"It is wholly wrong and entirely false to suggest that any comments I have made concerning professional cricketers are anything other than my genuinely held, honest opinions.

"Criticism of my opinions, my actions and even personal criticisms are all fair game, but I will not accept any attack on my honesty or my integrity.

"Nor will I accept accusations that I set out to positively damage the career of any professional.

"My solicitors have today written to the Times concerning the inaccuracy of the article."

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