Michael Vaughan has ruled out an early return to the side for the Ashes series, saying he needed more game time to be ready for a five-day match following his knee surgery.
"If I could have fitted in a three-day game next week there would be more of a chance, but that's not possible," said Vaughan, who appeared comfortable in the field during the two-day tour game against Western Australia.
The sidelined England skipper said he would return only when he was sure that he would last till the end of the match.
"Realistically, I've no chance of playing in the Test series. The problem is that there is nothing you can do to replicate something like a day in the field with its sudden twists and turns. I need to be sure I will last out," he was quoted as saying by The Age.
Vaughan, however, said he would focus on making himself available for the triangular one-day series, which starts on January 12.