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Vaughan stands by Thorpe

England one-day captain Michael Vaughan said on Tuesday that Graham Thorpe was still the country's best batsman.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Leeds, England
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2003 06:17 PM IST

England one-day captain Michael Vaughan said Tuesday that Graham Thorpe was still the country's best batsman.

Vaughan, speaking ahead of England's rain-delayed one-day international against Zimbabwe at Headingley, told Sky Sports: "Thorpe is probably still our best batter.

"If he is settled and has made it clear he would be available for (the World Cup in) 2007 - although I am not a selector - I am sure he would have to come into consideration."

Surrey left-hander Thorpe, 33, has been out of England contention since withdrawing from the Ashes tour squad in the last northern winter, citing personal problems following the break-up of his marriage.

Last year Thorpe announced his retirement from one-day international cricket and soon afterwards played his last Test, against India at Lord's.

However, he has now made himself available again for international matches in both forms of the game and his good form for Surrey has put him back in the selection spotlight.

Neither Jim Troughton or Robert Key have impressed in the middle order during the team's one-day international campaign which Thorpe, skilled at keeping an innings ticking over, has watched from the sidelines after being omitted from the 15-man squad.

But Vaughan is in no doubt about Thorpe's quality. "He is a brilliant player and he would definitely get in your eleven."

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