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Vaughan faces uncertain future as ODI player


vaughanEngland captain Michael Vaughan faces an uncertain future as a One-day International cricketer after chairman of selectors David Graveney refused to confirm on Friday if the batsman was in the squad for the forthcoming limited overs series against West Indies.

England are due to announce their squad for two Twenty20 matches at The Oval, the first on June 28, and three one-dayers against West Indies, in the first week of July, next week.

Vaughan, England’s captain at the World Cup, had a poor tournament in the Caribbean and it wasn’t until his team’s final match of the competition, a ‘dead’ fixture against West Indies in Barbados where neither side had a chance of reaching the semifinals, he found his touch with 79.

However, that couldn’t mask the 32-year-old Yorkshire right-hander’s poor overall record in One-day Internationals (ODIs).

Vaughan, a stylish and effective performer at Test level, has not scored a century in his 86 England one-day appearances where his average is a meagre 27.15. And during the World Cup concerns were raised whether Vaughan, not a hard-hitting batsman, was the right man to open the innings for England and take advantage of the fielding restrictions in the initial powerplay overs.

Vaughan has indicated he wishes to continue as England captain in both forms of the game, arguing having two skippers would be disruptive for the team.

Graveney, who met with England coach Peter Moores at the Riverside here on Friday, said: “I spoke to Vaughany on a number of occasions leading into the meeting. He is not actually a full-voting selector but it wasn’t a case of ‘sorry Vaughany you are going to have to step out of the room’. I’m aware of what his views are as he has talked about them the last couple of weeks.”

Vaughan, in an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper last week, reiterated criticisms of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff’s late-night drinking escapade after England’s defeat against New Zealand in their World Cup opener in St Lucia, which culminated with the all-rounder being discovered in a pedalo in the early hours of the following morning.

“Amongst the much-publicised articles about pedalos and everything else, there were some quite interesting observations about his role and playing one-day cricket,” Graveney said of Vaughan.

“Being the type of person he is, he put his hand up and said things didn’t work out for him personally. To me the way he played against West Indies is the way we have all wanted Michael Vaughan to play limited-over cricket. It’s whether or not he can reproduce that form,” he explained.

“We have talked about his position as a batsman and, without revealing what is going to happen, that is an ongoing discussion,” he continued.

“But we haven’t skirted the issues, he knows the way he has played, he knows what he wants to do long-term and that is an ongoing scenario,” said Graveney.

“We are playing at a Test match at the present stage and we intend to talk at the end of the Test match about what we are going to do in one-day cricket and Michael is party to that,” he explained.

Graveney added: “We know Michael’s views about how we should play as a team and we have talked that through with Peter Moores and (selector) Geoff Miller.”

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