Michael Vaughan pondering One-day retirement

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he may have to quit One-day cricket to continue playing at the highest level.

The Yorkshire batsman has suffered a miserable winter with injuries, most recently being forced out of the Test series in India with a knee problem.

The 31-year-old was given an ultra-sound scanning in his right knee on which he had undergone surgery in December before being ruled out of the series, which England drew 1-1.

Vaughan, however, insists he is currently far from considering quitting the One-day game and is preparing to for three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting next month.

"A lot of people are trying to make that decision for me," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "The most important thing for me is to just get back playing cricket and then there are decisions I will probably have to make.

"I love playing cricket and while ever I am given the opportunity to play both forms of the game, I would love to continue.

"But in the future if a stage comes whereby missing out on one form of the game will prolong my cricket for a few years then of course that decision will be made.

"But until I get back playing cricket with all the work I'm doing now it is very difficult to say what I'm going to do .

"I've just got to work hard and make sure I get back and play and then I'll make a few decisions."

Although Vaughan has suffered various injuries as well as illness, he has had a series of knee problems since he first tweaked his right knee in the warm-up to the second Test against Australia in November 2002.

He wrenched it in May 2004 before suffering cartilage damage in November last year while in Pakistan.

Andrew Flintoff took over the captaincy in India and Vaughan acknowledged there were alternatives if he decide to quit.

"Freddie did a tremendous job. It was a very difficult position he was put in with so many senior players leaving.

"And that is part of trying to build a good team. When the captain does go eventually - because you are not going to be captain forever - the team should continue and play good cricket.

"It should not be a massive loss that you have lost a captain but hopefully that is in the long-term future."

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