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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 November 2005, 22:03 GMT
Vaughan to open against Pakistan
Vaughan has opened the batting in 31 of his 63 Tests
England captain Michael Vaughan has confirmed he will open the batting in the third Test against Pakistan, with Paul Collingwood recalled.

Vaughan is promoted in the order after Andrew Strauss flew home to attend the birth of his first child.

"It's the natural thing for me to go up to open, with Belly at three," he said.

"I've done it before and I've often done quite well at the top of the order. Neither Ian Bell nor Collingwood has ever done it."

Vaughan has opened the batting in 31 of his 63 Tests, and has a better batting average when opening (49.70) than overall (43.08).

Collingwood will be looking to make the most of a second chance on this trip, having been dropped following a disappointing first Test.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that if they do go with four seamers it's me
James Anderson

The Lahore pitch is currently damp and conditions overcast but England have not yet decided whether to swap a spin bowler for a seamer.

"We have quite a few options, but it will be quite a tricky decision to see which we feel is the best attack to get 20 wickets," said Vaughan.

"Jimmy Anderson is looking good in the nets, and young Liam Plunkett has really impressed with his work ethic.

"He looks as if he has a fair amount of ability as well."

Anderson's experience in 12 Tests is likely to gain him the edge on the uncapped Plunkett and he says he is ready to step up for England if given the nod.

"It's important to have a generally good attitude around the camp. I'll keep my fingers crossed that if they do go with four seamers it's me," he said.

"All I can do is perform as well as I can in the nets and hope that is enough."

Meanwhile, Vaughan said his knee injury could rule him out of the five-match one-day series that follows the Tests.

He flies home on Saturday for the birth of his second child and will consult his surgeon, Dr Derek Bickerstaff, on the problem, which saw him miss the first Test.

"Nothing has been decided. I hope it won't require an operation," he added.

"I'll see the specialist next Monday or Tuesday when I'm at home, and he'll come up with what he thinks is the best thing."




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