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Vaughan to take England captaincy again

Michael Vaughan has been named in the squad for the upcoming ODIs against Australia and New Zealand beginning January 12.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 20:06 IST

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said on Friday he would love to have his job back.

Vaughan, replaced by Andrew Flintoff for the ongoing Ashes series against Australia, was named on Thursday in the squad for the upcoming one-day series against Australia and New Zealand which begins January 12.

Vaughan did not recover in time from knee surgery to be fit for England's ill-fated Ashes defence.

"If it (captaincy) was made available, God, I reckon it's one of the best jobs in the world," he said.

"But I'm sure 'Freddie' (Flintoff) and Andrew Strauss would be saying exactly the same thing, so it will be a tough decision for them to make."

England has not named a captain for the one-dayers and Vaughan said he has "no idea" who will have the job.

"That decision will be made, out of my hands, in the next couple of weeks - I've been given no indication of which way they're going to go," he said.

"I'm sure you all think that it's all been made up, but there's still two Tests to go and Freddie has done a decent job in hard circumstances."

Vaughan joked at the start of a media conference today that "I'm not retiring," in reference to yesterday's big news that Australian legspinner Shane Warne was quitting international cricket.

Vaughan said he and his teammates would not miss Warne's "chirping" from first slip.

He said he also hoped in the remaining two Tests that "we can send Shane with a little bit of a message that 'it's hard to play against you, but the last time you played against us, we beat you'.

First Published: Dec 22, 2006 20:06 IST