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'Vaughan still good for Test squad'

England coach Peter Moores on Wednesday said that he has left the door open for former skipper Michael Vaughan to return to the Test side ahead of the West Indies tour.

cricket Updated: Dec 25, 2008 13:39 IST

England coach Peter Moores on Wednesday said that he has left the door open for former skipper Michael Vaughan to return to the Test side ahead of the West Indies tour.

Moores told Sky Sports: "Michael has had no cricket. "But we have got to look at where we are now as a team and what we think is right to go forward as a batting unit.

"So we will look at those decisions after getting the views of selectors, and the players and make our decisions later.

"Michael had already made a very strong point that he wants to play for England again and with that he committed himself to go to Bangalore camp to improve his performance.

"Unfortunately the camp had to be stopped in between following the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

"But we do know that player like Vaughan give us something extra in our batting depth as he is a fantastic player and has proved many times in past.

"We have to weigh all that up about the players we've got in the squad at the moment.

"We already have players like Owais Shah who was dropped for two Tests against India after giving a superb performance in the one-dayers and his ability to perform at big stage is pushing him for the Test place.

"So we have to look at all departments of our team and make our decisions and pick what we think is the best squad to go and perform in the West Indies and after that Ashes tour against the Australia at home."

However, Nasser Hussain does not believe that Vaughan has justified his return to the Test side because he has been away from the game since a long time despite Ian Bell's poor performance in both Test and ODI matches.

The former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who has spent five years as captain of both the Test team and one-day side, has not featured for the national side since resigning as captain after the third Test defeat against South Africa in July 2008.

He stepped down as captain in August 2008 and have not played international match since then and is not in a great form in county cricket as well.