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Michael Vaughan likens his teammates to Thunderbirds puppets!

London, July 2 : English cricketer Michael Vaughan might want to stay away from Kevin Pietersen for the next few days, especially after likening him to aristocratic female Thunderbirds puppet Lady Penelope.

The Test cricket captain, who earned the nickname Virgil in the early part of his career, was asked to make tongue-in-cheek comparisons about his teammates in a new interview for GQ magazine.

He came up with Lady Penelope for Pietersen, because both are stylish and love a bit of danger, reports The Sun.

"That has to be Kevin Pietersen - he's the best and flashiest," he told the mag.

And, Vaughan also believes that Andrew Flintoff would make a good Scott Tracy, the pilot of Thunderbird 1 and always in the danger zone, saying: "He is always the first to put himself in the line of fire."

As for the character of Alan Tracy - a practical joker with a romantic side?, well Vaughan believes that Stuart Broad will fit the bill perfectly.

"There isn't a noticeably romantic side to the dressing room but Stuart Broad is a joker. He's quite lovey-dovey now I think about it. He's had plenty of birds," he said.

He also compared spinner Monty Panesar to John Tracy - the brother who was the quietest and most intellectual.

"Probably Monty Panesar. He's quiet but bright. He's got a business degree or something."

While Alastair Cook gets to be Brains, a perfectionist devoted to his craft with super brain power

"Alastair Cook, a dedicated and smart young man."

Vaughan also compared Paul Collingwood to Gordon Tracy, a man of rock-steady nerves and determination, saying:"He's the guy you want walking out in a crisis, he will get you through."

nd Ryan Sidebottom to The Hood, the ruthless, calculating villain who would do anything to win.

"Have you seen the way he bowls? He nails everyone and, if any batter gets a run off him, he kills the fielder," he said.

Vaughan's interview appears in the August's issue of GQ, on sale in the UK from Thursday.

Story first published: Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 12:34 [IST]
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