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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 January 2007, 22:02 GMT
Vaughan regains England captaincy
Michael Vaughan
Vaughan has led England to 25 wins in one-day cricket
Michael Vaughan has replaced Andrew Flintoff as England captain for the one-day series in Australia.

Vaughan, who led England to their Ashes series win in 2005, has not played international cricket since December of that year because of a knee injury.

The 32-year-old is now fit following surgery and will aim to revive England's fortunes after Australia regained the Ashes with a whitewash.

Vaughan's first test will be Tuesday's international Twenty20 match in Sydney.

The tourists then face Australia and New Zealand in a triangular one-day series which begins against the Australians on 12 January.

"It's a great feeling to be back playing again and to be in the squad, but it's an added bonus to be back as captain," said Vaughan.

Michael is the England captain and he will now begin the task of preparing the team for the challenges that lie ahead

England chairman of selectors David Graveney

"The team have had a real tough time on this tour and it's my job as captain to try and lift them and produce some competitive performances.

"We haven't had a huge amount of one-day success in the last year or so and it will be interesting to see how the team are when I first go into the dressing room."

England head coach Duncan Fletcher and chairman of selectors David Graveney have turned to Vaughan's tactical nous despite his mediocre record in one-day matches.

In 74 matches, the Yorkshire man has yet to score a century, averaging 28 with a top score of 90, which was against Zimbabwe in December 2004.

"It will be a fantastic boost for everyone to have Michael Vaughan back as captain for the one-day series," said Graveney.

"It is to Andrew Flintoff's credit that he was prepared to take on the responsibility of leading the Test side in Australia in Michael's absence.

"But Michael is the England captain and he will now begin the task of preparing the team for the challenges that lie ahead this winter."

606 DEBATE: How much difference will Vaughan make?

Under Vaughan's captaincy, England have won 25 out of 48 one-day internationals.

He will lead an inexperienced squad in the one-dayers with only five players - himself, Flintoff, Andrew Strauss, James Anderson and Paul Collingwood - with more than 50 caps.

Flintoff had earlier expressed his desire to keep the captaincy and play in as many games as possible despite an ankle problem.

However, Fletcher had revealed that leading England in the Ashes had been, "a very, very difficult job for him".

Graveney said Flintoff was always aware he had been "keeping the seat warm" for Vaughan and had not been sacked because of England's drubbing in the Test series.

"He was fine because he understood that he was doing the job in Michael's absence. It was not a question of being sacked," Graveney said.

"He will be the same as everybody else, supporting the team. He's hurting the same way as everybody else is.

"Now we're looking forward to a fresh start."



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