December 11, 2001

Graham Thorpe to miss rest of India tour


England will be without Graham Thorpe for the rest of the Test series in India. The Surrey left-hander is flying back to England today to sort out personal matters at home.

The decision to let Thorpe go home for the last fortnight of the six-week tour was taken last night. Thorpe, 32, has been replaced in the side for the second Test by Yorkshire's Michael Vaughan.

An England and Wales Cricket Board statement read: "The England team management today announced that Graham Thorpe is to return to England and consequently will play no further part in the Test series with India.

"Pressing matters of a personal nature have arisen that required Graham's immediate attention.

"The team management request that Graham's privacy and that of his family be respected by all.

"Michael Vaughan will replace Graham in the second Test."