England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of Friday's tri-series limited-overs international against Australia with a torn hamstring. Scans on Wednesday revealed a left hamstring tear sustained while batting in Tuesday's three-wicket win over New Zealand at Hobart's Bellerive Oval.
Andrew Flintoff, dumped as captain after the drastic 5-0 Ashes Test series loss, was restored as skipper for the one-day match at the Gabba ground in Brisbane, the England Cricket Board announced late Wednesday.
Vaughan's place as opener was expected to be filled by Ravi Bopara from English county Essex.
Flintoff helped England to its first win in the three-month tour, scoring an unbeaten 72 as his team chased down New Zealand's target of 206 with one ball to spare.
The big allrounder was preferred to opening batsman Andrew Strauss in a decision made during the team's flight from Hobart to Brisbane, the British Press Association reported. "It's something I wanted to think about _ I didn't expect this when Michael came back," Flintoff was quoted saying. "It was about getting it right in my mind and you shouldn't underestimate what a big job it is.
"We are a young, inexperienced side and I wanted to get it straight in my mind."
The 32-year-old Vaughan missed the Ashes series after having two operations on his right knee. He returned to the side for the first tri-series match last Friday, in England's eight-wicket loss to Australia.