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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 December 2006, 06:46 GMT
Fletcher rules out Vaughan return
Michael Vaughan
Vaughan had batting practice in Perth on Wednesday
England coach Duncan Fletcher has ruled out former captain Michael Vaughan's return in this Ashes series.

Fletcher does not believe there are enough tour games for Vaughan to regain full fitness after having knee surgery to play in the remaining Tests.

"There's not much cricket between now and the third, fourth and fifth Tests.

"Especially cricket where he has to stay in the field for a long time, probably two days standing on that leg and for a long innings," Fletcher said.

"So until he can do that and he's confident in his knee, we won't consider Michael Vaughan."

Vaughan, the 2005 series winning captain, himself had targeted the fourth Test, which starts in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

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But he has struggled with the bat in his first two matches since undergoing surgery.

He was out for a duck playing for an England Academy side against a Western Australia XI and then hit just nine runs on Wednesday against a WA Second XI.

The third Test starts in Perth on 14 December with Australia leading the series 2-0.

England play two matches, a one-day game against CA Chairman's XI at Lilac Hill on Friday and a two-day game against Western Australia, starting on Saturday.

Vaughan will play in the two-day game but not in Friday's match.

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