Vaughan to lead England in One-dayers

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2003, 23:50 [IST]
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London: Yorkshire batsman Michael Vaughan was made England's One-day captain on Tuesday to replace Test skipper Nasser Hussain who retired from Limited Overs cricket after the World Cup in South Africa where England was knocked out in the first round. The England and Wales Cricket Board said the 29-year-old Vaughan, a former captain of the England 'A' team, will lead England in 10 One-day Internationals this summer. Adam Hollioake and Marcus Trescothick were also in the running for the job. Hollioake had already had one spell as One-day skipper, leading England to victory at the 1997 Champions Trophy tournament in Sharjah before losing the job two years later. He is the most successful captain in county cricket, with Surrey having won the championship three times in the past four years. Trescothick seemed to be Hussain's heir apparent in 2001-02, but struggled for form during the winter, and it was veteran Alec Stewart who captained England against Namibia at the World Cup when Hussain was injured. Vaughan currently heads the world Test batting rankings but he has yet to repeat his Test form in the One-day game. He currently averages 23.50 after 26 One-day appearances, compared to a Test average of 50.93. Vaughan will lead England in three games against Pakistan next month, before it takes part in a triangular series, also involving South Africa and Zimbabwe. Vaughan, an occasional off-spinner, was named by the 2003 edition of Wisden, cricket's leading annual, as one of its five cricketers of the year, having scored 1,481 Test runs in 2002 and is, according to the latest rankings, the world's best Test batsman. Only West Indies great Viv Richards, with 1,710 runs in 1976, has scored more Test runs in a calendar year. He was also named man of the series against Australia - widely regarded as the best team in the world at present - after scoring 633 runs at an average of 63 including three hundreds. Vaughan's comments on being named captain "Nasser is an inspirational leader and he will be a tough act to follow as One-day captain," Vaughan told reporters. "But I'll do it my way," he insisted. Vaughan said the Aussies retention of the World Cup in March showed how having two captains could work in a team's favour. "Look at Australia, with Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. It's worked well." Vaughan added he wanted an open and honest dressing room with "eleven captains on the pitch in charge of their own space". However, he insisted "if someone needs a word in their ear, I'll do so". But Vaughan's One-day International record is less impressive. In 26 matches he has managed just 564 runs with a top score of 63 at a meagre average of 23.50. Nevertheless Vaughan, whose fielding can be fallible, said he expected his one-day form to improve. "This day last year I was averaging 28 in Test cricket. Now I'm averaging about fifty. Hopefully, in a year from now it will be the same in One-day cricket." Copyright AFP 2001

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