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Last Updated: Friday, 7 May, 2004, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Vaughan talks up Trophy bid
Michael Vaughan
Vaughan shared the Cable and Wireless Trophy with West Indies
England captain Michael Vaughan says their form in the Caribbean bodes well for glory in the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

The mini World Cup is being hosted by England and captain Vaughan believes his team has a decent chance.

Vaughan said: "Playing in England is something that is a strength of ours and we showed last year we are a match for any team on our day.

"We could win the ICC Trophy but we would have to play very well."

England have arrived back after a 10-week tour of the Caribbean in which they beat the West Indies 3-0 in the Test series and drew the one-day series 2-2.

And Vaughan's men have a busy summer ahead of them with Test series and one-day competitions against New Zealand and West Indies and the NatWest Challenge versus India.

We are progressing, but we are nowhere near the finished article
Michael Vaughan
Vaughan said: "We are giving players experience all the time and making sure they learn and we are building all the time to the next World Cup.

"We are progressing, but we are nowhere near the finished article."

England are likely to be strengthened by South African-born Kevin Pietersen soon as he qualifies as an English player at the end of the season.

But for the time being they will be scouring the county game for a top-quality batsman to boost their line-up.

Vaughan added: "It is pretty common knowledge we are looking for a frontline batter and if we could find a couple of bowlers just to add to the squad and add strength that would be great.

"We would like to find a quality batsman, but there is also the problem of getting him in and he would probably have to bowl a few overs as well."


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