Flintoff is the right choice, says Vaughan

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Michael Vaughan believes Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff is his perfect replacement as England captain in the ongoing series against India because the all rounder has all the attributes to successfully lead the side.

''Andrew is the right choice. It's going to be difficult because he's got an inexperienced team to take out with him but I am sure he'll go out and give it his best shot as he does when he is a player,'' Vaughan was quoted as saying by the England Cricket Board (ECB) website.

Vaughan also insisted that his knee injury is not career threatening and he will make a comeback.

''I am very optimistic and enthusiastic about the game of cricket and I certainly won't rule myself out of playing cricket again in the future,'' ''There have been better players with bigger injuries than this one that have come back.

"I remember Glenn McGrath a few years ago had nine or 10 months out of the game, and Shane Warne had 12 months out of the game with a shoulder injury. They seem to have come back pretty well, so I am very optimistic I will play a part in the game, hopefully sooner rather than later,'' he said.

However, Vaughan said he was in no hurry to return to the squad and would take his time to recover from the injury.

''I certainly won't rush back. If it is possible in three weeks I can come back and play the One-day games I will do that, but I certainly won't do that if there's any chance I could end up like I did today (Tuesday),'' he added.

Vaughan said the injury, which he picked up last year, recurred after England's warm up game in Mumbai.

''I knew last week in the end of Mumbai that I was struggling,'' he said.

Vaughan said his hopes of recovering for the Nagpur Test were dashed once the initial medical treatment failed to yeild any worthwhile result.

''We injected on Wednesday night hoping to come to Nagpur and the injection would have worked. It hasnt and theres still the same kind of feeling in the knee,'' the disappointed skipper said.

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