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Vaughan seeks swap with Strauss

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England captain Michael Vaughan is keen to move down the batting order to number three to allow Andrew Strauss his preferred position as an opener.

The 33-year-old, who passed 5000 Test runs last year, struggled in England's recent tour of New Zealand averaging only 20.50 in the three-Test series.

Vaughan told BBC's Inside Sport programme: "Strauss is at three and I think he likes opening.

"In an ideal world, I would bat at three. That might happen."

Vaughan admitted he was not at his best in New Zealand but refuses to believe he is on the slide.

"I don't look at the recent tour to New Zealand and think 'God, I am totally losing it'.

"I had one bad game - the last game. I just lost a little bit of trust. It can happen, but that is just one game of cricket."

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However, it appears the Yorkshire star is eager to make a change.

"I have felt the best when I have been batting at three and I score a lot more runs then so that is an easy change," he said.

"The aspect of getting your form, and your movement right at the crease, just takes time in the middle."

And Vaughan believes that moving down the order could see him recapture the kind of form that saw him hit three centuries in the 2002-2003 tour of Australia, in which he averaged 63.30.

He said: "You have real periods in your career which probably go beyond your normal and 2002-2003 was a stage where everything went incredibly well for me.

"That period can come back again. "




see also
Strauss best too much for Surrey
20 Apr 08 |  Counties
England in New Zealand 2008
03 Jul 07 |  Cricket


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