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Vaughan eyes Test captaincy

England one-day skipper Michael Vaughan admitted on Friday his first experience of leading the team this season had whetted his appetite for the Test captaincy.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, London
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2003 06:53 PM IST

England one-day skipper Michael Vaughan admitted Friday his first experience of leading the team this season had whetted his appetite for the Test captaincy.

"I've enjoyed it," said Vaughan after leading England to a 2-1 one-day series win over Pakistan and the final of the triangular series against South Africa at Lord's here on Saturday.

"I've only been four weeks in the job," Yorkshire batsman Vaughan, 28, added.

"But if the full job became available, I'd like my name to be considered," he also told reporters at Lord's on Friday.

After Saturday's final Vaughan will return to the ranks with Nasser Hussain, who retired from international one-day cricket following England's first round World Cup exit, resuming the captaincy for the five Test series at home to South Africa.

But Vaughan said he had no problem with becoming just a player again. "After tomorrow, we'll hopefully have picked up a trophy and that's my stint over."

Vaughan said he had not talked to Hussain during the triangular series. "I'm my own man and he's his own man."

However, he added that he had tried to learn from the examples of skippers he had observed at close quarters. "I've played under a lot of good captains, Nasser, Alec Stewart, David Byas and Martin Moxon at Yorkshire and Adam Hollioake."

Asked what had pleased him most about his first spell in charge, Vaughan replied: "We beat Pakistan and we've shown a lot of character in this series to come back from the disappointment of losing our first match against Zimbabwe and then beat a good South Africa side twice."

He added that victory on Saturday would not have a huge bearing on the Test series but admitted: "It's always good to get one over the opposition, even if it's only a one percent advantage."

Vaughan said he had tried to instill his own relaxed approach to cricket throughout the rest of what was a mainly inexperienced side.

"Especially with a young team, when you are playing in front of big crowds and there's a lot of media pressure, you want to make them feel as relaxed as they can and enjoy playing.

"They are entertainers after all and they are there to enjoy it."

He added that the hardest part of captaincy had been working out how many overs his bowlers had left. "In the field sometimes, Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Flintoff have come up to me and said you've got this wrong."

As well as praising Flintoff's tactical input, Vaughan also said the 25-year-old Lancashire all-rounder's contribution with both bat and ball had been vital to the team's success.

"He had the winter off with injury (hernia). He's back, he's fit and he's bowling as well as he's ever done.

"We've given him the opportunity to bat at five and it's always handy when you have a guy who can hit boundaries in the middle of the innings.

"I've no doubt he can score more Test hundreds if he continues the same way."

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