England gives Vaughan a chance to return

Published: Friday, September 5, 2008, 13:33 [IST]
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Michael Vaughan London: England has postponed announcement of test squad for India tour in December to give former captain Michael Vaughan a chance to force his way back into the team.

"England are to give Vaughn more time to justify his selection by delaying the announcement about the Test squad until the end of the season," the England Cricket Board said in a statement Thursday.

England coach Peter Moores said the delay in naming the Test squad would give other players the chance to claim a place on the tour.

"There have been a lot of players working very hard in domestic cricket to put themselves forward as well," he said. "It would seem fair to let everybody play. We've got a few people out there playing for form, so it makes sense to get the Stanford and one-day squad announced over the next week and then sit down and announce the test squad towards the end of the county season."

Vaughan, who averages 41 in Test cricket but just 27 in one-day internationals, has not played limited-overs cricket for England since the 2007 World Cup and is not expected to figure in either one-day squad.

He resigned as Test captain on Aug. 3 after the defeat to South Africa in the third Test at Edgbaston that guaranteed the South Africa's first series win in England since 1965. He took a three-week break from cricket before returning to action for Yorkshire in the county championship.


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