Sunday, September 28, 2008

Vaughan out of India tour

The ECB has confirmed that Michael Vaughan won't be selected for the Test series in India, the squad for which will be announced on Monday.

Vaughan, who was awarded a central contract earlier this month, stood down as captain after the penultimate Test of the summer and chose to miss the last match at The Oval. He had been looking to regain his form playing for Yorkshire, but in four Championship innings he managed only 41 runs. 
"Michael has not been selected for the tour of India because his place in the Test squad cannot be justified based on recent form," said national selector Geoff Miller.

Miller, though, offered Vaughan hope of a return, possibly on the tour of West Indies early next year, and the ECB is putting a schedule together to help him find some cricket. He could follow a similar path to Andrew Strauss and Steve Harmison last winter, when they played in New Zealand and South Africa respectively prior to tours. Strauss is the best comparison, as he was then recalled for the New Zealand tour after being dropped for the Sri Lanka trip. 

When Vaughan stepped down as captain, following the third Test against South Africa, he said he still wanted to extend his career. "I believe the best thing for me is to try and get back to being best batsmen I can be. I'll still have all the experience and knowledge to pass on and I hope to be a valuable player for both my county and the England team." 
Vaughan opted out of Yorkshire's final match against Sussex at Hove - a game they went into needing to win to guarantee staying up - and there has been increasing speculation that he is looking at other options. 
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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi
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