England Performance Programme November 24, 2008

Vaughan eyes return against West Indies

Cricinfo staff


Time away from cricket has helped Michael Vaughan clear his mind of the issues affecting his game © Getty Images
 

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has reiterated his desire to force his way back into the national side. He was speaking from India, where he will play a couple of matches with the England Performance Programme squad as part of a bid to win back his Test place.

"We have games in Bangalore and Mumbai so hopefully I'll get a few runs and push for a place on the Caribbean tour (starting next January)," he told the BBC. "I believe I've got a great opportunity of getting back in."

Vaughan stepped down from the captaincy in the summer and had said he wanted a break from the game. "I've been away, I've played golf and it was about two weeks into my holiday that I thought, 'crikey I've got to get that bat back out'," he said. "So I went straight back home and the day after my holiday I went to Loughborough [England's National Cricket Performance Centre] and started hitting cricket balls again."

He played three games for Yorkshire towards the end of the season but managed only 60 runs in five innings. He was awarded a central contract in September but was left out of the England squad for the Indian tour.

"Over the last two or three months I've tried to clear my mind of all the issues I felt were disturbing my game and I feel in a great position to go out there, play cricket and enjoy the challenges which being an international player bring."

Vaughan, 34, had led England to a historic victory in the 2005 Ashes and was looking forward to taking the Australians on when they visit next year. "At the minute I've got a lot of energy and enjoyment to play again," he said. "I'm really excited about the next year or so.

"We've got Australia next summer and I'd love to be able to play against them. I need to get my form right and I feel that with the state of mind I'm in I will do that."

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