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Flintoff may lead England in first Test

The Ashes hero may go out for the toss with Dravid in Nagpur if Vaughan and his deputy Trescothick fail to turn up.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 16:21 IST

Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff is in line to lead England in the first Test against India if skipper Michael Vaughan and his deputy Marcus Trescothick are unable to play in the game starting on Wednesday in Nagpur.

With Trescothick, who deputised for the injured Vaughan in the warm-up match in Vadodara, flying home for "personal reasons" and Vaughan nursing a sore knee, Flintoff may go out for the toss with Rahul Dravid in Nagpur, a report in The Sunday Observer said.

In this scenario, Flintoff, who has had a wretched start to the tour with the bat, seems all set to take over the captain's mantle. The only other contender would have been Andrew Strauss but he has also been afflicted by a dip in form, the report said.

"And there are more complications on the horizon. Flintoff intends to return home for the birth of his second child, around the time of the third Test. Whether elevation to the England captaincy would affect that decision remains to be seen," the report said.

Another report in the same newspaper said if Vaughan's knee was always going to be vulnerable, an early decision should be taken to withdraw him from one-day cricket and therefore the World Cup in 2007 to prolong his Test career.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 15:56 IST