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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Vaughan named England captain

Michael Vaughan has been named as England's new one-day cricket captain.

Michael Vaughan batting at the World Cup
Debut v Sri Lanka, Dambulla 2001, stumped for nine
564 runs in 26 games, five 50s, eight wickets, six catches
Highest score: 63 v India, Cuttack 2002
Best bowling: 4-22 v Sri Lanka, Old Trafford 2002

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday named the Yorkshire player as its choice to succeed Nasser Hussain.

Hussain, still the Test skipper, gave up his one-day responsibilities following the World Cup in South Africa, where England failed to progress beyond the first round.

Vaughan, one of the leading batsmen in the game, had emerged in recent weeks as a clear favourite to take over, ahead of rival candidates Adam Hollioake and Marcus Trescothick.

He said: "It's a great honour to captain your country and I had no hesitation in accepting when the selectors offered me the job.

"It's something that I have always wanted to do and I intend to enjoy it.

"Nasser is an inspirational leader and he will be a tough act to follow as one-day captain.

"But every captain has his own style of leadership and I want to do the job in my own way."


"What I could bring to the game and the team again you just don't know."

Hollioake tasted success as one-day skipper, leading England to victory at the 1997 Champions Trophy tournament in Sharjah before losing the job two years later.

Trescothick seemed to be Hussain's heir apparent in 2001-02, but struggled for form during the winter.

And it was veteran Alec Stewart who captained England against Namibia at the World Cup when Hussain was injured.

Fletcher makes a point to Vaughan
The new skipper will work closely with coach Duncan Fletcher

Vaughan, though, has a huge international profile.

He currently heads the world Test batting rankings and recently became the first player in history to have his photo on the front cover of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack.

One concern, however, is Vaughan has yet to repeat his Test form in the one-day game.

He currently averages 23.50 after 26 one-day appearances, compared to a Test average of 50.93.

Vaughan will lead England in three games against Pakistan in June, before they take part in the triangular NatWest Series, also involving South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It will be a new-look side, with Hussain, Andy Caddick and Nick Knight having quit one-day internationals and Alec Stewart having recommended the selectors to look for someone younger behind the stumps.

Michael Vaughan
"Obviously it's a big honour"

BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew
"His promotion caps a remarkable 12 months"

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