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England upbeat over Vaughan

England were confident that Michael Vaughan would be fit for their next NatWest series match after a scan on his injured back revealed no serious damage.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2003 02:03 IST

England were confident that captain Michael Vaughan would be fit for their nextNatWest series match after a scan on his injured back revealed no serious damage.

The 28-year-old pulled out of England's triangular series one-day international against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday after suffering a back spasm during pre-match practice.

He was sent to hospital for a scan and afterwards England spokesman Andrew Walpole told AFP: "The scan was fine. We're treating it as a soft tissue injury and we are optimistic that he will play against Zimbabwe at Headingley on Tuesday."

Marcus Trescothick took over the captaincy with Warwickshire left-hander Jim Troughton taking Vaughan's place in the team.

Yorkshire batsman Vaughan has missed large chunks of England's recent international programme with injuries.

Calf trouble forced him out of England's Test series in Pakistan during the 2000-01 season and he missed the whole of the home Ashes series against Australia in 2001 with a knee injury.

He then suffered a combination of shoulder, calf and knee problems, the latter requiring an operation, which ruled him out of the majority of England's pre-World Cup one-day series in Australia.

First Published: Jun 29, 2003 02:03 IST