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May 15, 2007
Michael Vaughan is confident he will be back to lead England in the second Test against West Indies next week after opting to miss the series opener to ensure he recovers fully from a broken finger. Vaughan had set his heart on making his first Test appearance since December 2005 at Lord's on Thursday after finally overcoming a string of injuries, mainly to his knee.
A broken middle finger on his right hand put paid to that, although Vaughan admits he was sorely tempted to declare himself ready to play. "My heart was saying 'just go out and play' - but my head overruled the heart," Vaughan said.
"I knew I could probably just about get through a game. But I might have struggled a bit in the field. I just thought it might be too big a risk. I was told if I get one more hit on it I could be out for two months."
In the meantime, Vaughan will be part of Team England at Lord's and he makes no apologies for his intended presence, while his stand-in Andrew Strauss is directing affairs on the field. Vaughan wants to establish a successful working relationship with new coach Peter Moores, himself preparing for his first Test after replacing Duncan Fletcher.
"I'm going to be around this week," Vaughan said. "I know it's a magnificent talking point for many - but I am the England cricket captain, looking like missing just one game.
"Andrew will take the team out and make the decisions on the pitch, but I have to have a huge say in and around the team because of the fact it's a new regime. Peter and I are working together for the first time - and a week later I hope I'll be back as England captain."
Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala