Vaughan likely to return for ODIs against Lanka

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:After a successful return to action for Yorkshire in the C&G Trophy, Michael Vaughan yesterday said he is hoping to come back to the England team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka but would not rush with it as he was still recuperating.

''I wouldn't rule out playing against Sri Lanka in the One-day series but I won't make rash statements,'' he was quoted by the BBC Sport as saying.

''This is the beginning. I need to get through a few games and test it out over two or three weeks,'' he added.

The regular captain, who returned to action yesterday with a brilliant 67-run knock to lead Yorkshire to victory against Scotland, admitted that it was a mistake to go for the tour of India in February carrying the injury and does not want to repeat it by rushing back again.

Vaughan did not play a single game against India and returned home for a surgery on the troubling right knee. He picked up the nagging injury during the tour of Pakistan in November last year.

''In hindsight, we probably didn't test it enough cricket-wise going into the India tour because of the time schedule,'' he said.

The 31-year-old said the current return was a planned one and conceded that he had to work real hard during his rehabilitation.

''This come back was a really specific plan and rehabilitation programme. It's been hard work,'' he added.

Vaughan said he was not concerned about the mounting criticism over his slow recovery and does not want to respond to the comments made by former players like Geoff Boycott, who have expressed doubts over his future.

''I've been quiet because I was very confident and I didn't want to come out with any rash statements. And I won't now because I know the knee is still a bit of a problem and I have a lot of hurdles to overcome before I'm available for England,'' he explained.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire chief executive Stuart Regan revealed Vaughan was tentative before the C&G Trophy match but gained confidence as the game progressed.

''He started off a little bit gingerly and was obviously a little bit nervous after being out for so long, but his confidence built over the game,'' he said.

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