''That's the one thing that scares me most, that I won't get the opportunity to do that again. I would like to think that the team would allow me to come back and be their leader if I get fit again, whether it's this week, two weeks, four weeks. I'd like to think I'd done enough to get another opportunity if I come back.
That is the most important thing,'' Vaughan told The Independent.
''Reports of it being the end of my career are far from the truth. They are so far off the mark, and even if it takes a bit longer I'll be back. In a way I can understand people writing what they have because we hadn't got to the bottom of it. Now we have. It could take quite a bit longer.
People have got to be patient, but next time I play cricket, it will be the right time.'' Vaughan also defended his batting record since he became captain. His Test average was almost 51 when he assumed the captaincy, but has averaged 36 since.
''36, 37 is not bad. A lot of players in the last few years have made great careers out of averaging that. And you have to be realistic,'' the 31-year old right-handed batsman said.
''My overall average is still 43 ... no matter what people say of Michael Vaughan, I'm not a Brian Lara. I'm a very good player but I'm not in that category.'' ''You don't reach a peak of performance and stay there for five or 10 years. You have little troughs. Remember, I'm young still and of course I'll have another patch like I did in Australia, of course I will.'' ''Of course I want to get 150 every game, but I want to win every game and that's what the England captain should be judged on.''