Hopes decision to give it up will "unleash the shackles" August 24, 2007

Vaughan wants another shot at ODIs, sans captaincy

Cricinfo staff

Dreaming of Blue: Vaughan believes that with the burden of captaincy lifted, he can revive his ODI fortunes © Getty Images

Michael Vaughan hopes his decision to relinquish the ODI captaincy will "unleash the shackles" on his run-scoring potential, if he is given another chance at this form of the game.

Vaughan has not found a place in the ODI squad since he gave up the captaincy after England's disappointing World Cup campaign in the Carribean earlier this year, but said he was always ready to play limited-overs cricket.

"Maybe playing as a non-captain will unleash the shackles, and I will just have a go and become a better player," he told the NatWest cricket website, adding that his chances for a recall would come down to his successor, Paul Collingwood. "Only time will tell - but certainly in a year if I'm fit and firing I'd like another opportunity. But that's down to Colly to select me."

Vaughan singled out Ramesh Powar, the Indian offspinner, as a "big threat" to England in the ODI series. "He's a clever, clever bowler who will be a big threat to us in the middle period," he said. "He's got very consistent wickets - gone for less than three-and-a-half an over for the majority of the games he's played -- so there'll be a big, big questions to be answered when we go out and bat against him."

Despite a Test average of 43.94 and batting feats that led to him being crowned Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2003, Vaughan has looked lost in the limited-overs game. He endured a poor World Cup and his ODI average is just 27.15, with no hundreds.