Vaughan left out of India tour

on September 30, 2008 by Administrator

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has not been included in the Test squad for England’s tour of India. The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed that the disappointing form displayed by the player since he relinquished the captaincy has led to his exclusion from the squad. Geoff Miller, the national selector for the ECB, stated: “Michael’s place cannot be justified based on recent form”.

Vaughan will now take a three-month sabbatical from the international game, during which time he will apparently work on improving his game. The ECB was keen to point out that Vaughan’s exclusion from the squad is not an indicator of a long-term trend and that he would be “very much part” of their future plans.

Since relinquishing the England captaincy, the player’s form has suffered. He scored a disappointing total of 41 runs from his final four Championship innings for Yorkshire.

It was announced earlier today that whilst Vaughan has been excluded from the squad, he may decide to tour India at the same time as the England team, with the England Performance Programme squad. The national one-day squad will arrive in India in early November and will compete in several matches before the Test specialists join up with them prior to the warm-up match on the 5th of December.

The first Test match is due to be played on the 11th of December and the second is set for the 19th. The 15-man England squad includes Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Tim Ambrose, and Owais Shah, who was chosen to fill the gap left vacant by Vaughan.

Written by Charlotte Cook

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