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Vaughan may give up one-day cricket

England captain said he could consider giving up ODIs if the specialist advice recommended so.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 12:29 IST

England captain Michael Vaughan said he could consider giving up one-day cricket if the specialist advice recommended so.

"One of my ambitions is to go with England to the World Cup and do very well, which we haven't done for a long time. Of course, I'd compromise if the specialists recommended that I give up one-day cricket," Vaughan, who is back here from India, owing to a recurring injury to his right knee, told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

"I just feel unfit to play cricket at the moment though I'd want to be available for both forms of the game," he added.

He said "the right decision now is to get things sorted out fully and make sure that when I come back I'm able to play a full part."

"In Pakistan I felt I couldn't play to my full potential because of the knee and I certainly wasn't going to allow that to happen on this trip."

The recovery period for an arthroscopy is usually six weeks (the time set aside for Vaughan), but he was struggling last week once his workload increased. Running in a straight line was pain free, but not when twisting or playing forcing strokes off the back foot.

"I'm not sure when I'll play again, but I think it unlikely, that I'll be back for the Tests in India," he said.

As regards handing over the captaincy to Freddie Flintoff in the absence of his deputy Marcus Trescothick, Vaughan said: "I'm sure Freddie will be all right."

Vaughan who had a say in Flintoff's appointment, said "He's a good cricketer with a good cricket brain. It's an unfortunate circumstance and I've not left him with an experienced team, but there are some good young lads there. He was the obvious candidate— he plays cricket wholeheartedly and I'm sure he'll captain the same way.

"He does have a lot to do, but if there's anyone who could cope, it's him. It's an opportunity for him to stake his case for the captaincy later on."

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 23:25 IST