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Last Updated: Monday, 6 December, 2004, 09:13 GMT
Vaughan questions Zimbabwe status
MIchael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan has hinted that he does not feel Zimbabwe should return to the Test fold in the New Year.

Asked for his feelings after England's 4-0 one-day series win, Vaughan told BBC Five Live: "They were banned a year ago for fielding a weakened team.

"That team still seems to be the same. I'll let you judge on that one."

International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani has confirmed that Zimbabwe will play Test series in Bangladesh and South Africa next year.

He said: "There is no ultimatum to reach a satisfactory standard."

Vaughan is relieved the tour is now over following a facile series sweep.

He admitted he was "baffled and saddened" by the absence of the Zimbabwe rebels from the controversial series.

My issues are with Zimbabwe Cricket and the behaviour of some of the board members
Heath Streak

"When you see Heath Streak sitting watching you in the stands it is disappointing Zimbabwe aren't putting their best team on the field," said Vaughan.

"I'd like to have played against the Flower brothers (Andy and Grant), Heath Streak and Stuart Carlisle, all of those guys."

Vaughan was man of the series, hitting 211 runs at an average in excess of 100.

He said: "I realise I need to improve my one-day stats. Hopefully I can take this form into the Test series in South Africa and the seven one-day games.

"It was a convincing series win. The boys did well in difficult situations.

Michael Vaughan holds the series trophy aloft after the cleansweep over Zimbabwe
Vaughan's team will have to battle harder for more trophies this winter

"It was a tour where we gave opportunity to a few players and they have come in and done a very good job.

"It makes the selectors' job a little bit harder because we are producing a good pool of players.

"The Zimbabwe tour didn't start very well but we came through it.

"I'm quite happy to be leaving and going onto Johannesburg for what is the exciting leg of the winter."

The team fly to South Africa on Monday and Vaughan expects five tough Tests against Graeme Smith's side.

The first of them starts on 17 December.


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