Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan has pulled out of the winter tour of India.
Vaughan instead has decided to take at least two months off to clear his head in order to claw his way back into the Test team.
Vaughan, nearing 34, has made just 41 runs in four innings for Yorkshire and has thus saved Geoff Miller and his panel discussion the trouble by making himself unavailable for India. In fact, his decision to take an extended rest appears to have come about through a mutual understanding with the selectors.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Vaughan, who resigned from the Test captaincy seven weeks ago, has vowed to fight his way back into the England side by showing good county form.
The season has been tough for Vaughan, who announced the end of his five-year reign as England captain in tears. He has not had a 10-week break since 1997 and therefore, a good rest from cricket seems a sensible option, something he would not have got had he been picked for India.
Vaughan's absence from Yorkshire's final match of the season had set the rumour mill into overdrive, with mental burnout and imminent retirement to become a Sky commentator both floated as reasons for his non-appearance. The truth, it appears, is more mundane; he is suffering from a side injury caused by bowling six overs at Scarborough last week.
A source close to the player revealed he is giving himself a year to get back into Test team.