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Moores hints at Vaughan comeback

Vaughan has played 82 Tests for England
Vaughan has played 82 Tests for England

England coach Peter Moores has hinted former captain Michael Vaughan could be recalled for February's series against the West Indies.

England will name the squad on 29 December and Vaughan is being linked despite not playing international cricket since stepping down in August.

Moores told the Daily Telegraph: "Michael has had no cricket.

"But we have got to look at where we are now as a team and what we think is right to go forward as a batting unit."

With Ian Bell struggling for form in England's 1-0 Test loss by India, Vaughan has been tipped to replace him.

The 34-year-old was awarded a central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board despite being dropped from the team, and failing to impress for his county Yorkshire.

He was not selected for the India tour although he trained with the elite performance squad in Bangalore, and he has consistently made clear his ambition to play in next summer's Ashes.

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Moores added: "In Michael we have someone who is outstanding as an individual but is also a fantastic player.

"We have to weigh all that up about the players we've got in the squad at the moment.

"We left out Owais Shah for the two Tests after doing very well in the one-dayers and is pushing very hard for his Test place.

"So we have to look at that and say once Christmas is finished and we make our decisions and pick what we think is the best squad to go and perform in the West Indies.

"Following the West Indies away and at home we've got the big Ashes coming up."

England play four Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 against West Indies in February, March and April.

Vaughan has played 82 Tests for England, averaging 41 with the bat, although in the last year he averaged only 26 as he scratched around for form.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain, whom Vaughan succeeded in 2003, said he did not believe he should be recalled.

He said in his Daily Mail column: "Bringing him back at this stage cannot be justified and would create more problems than it solves.

"Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Michael's batting and the experience he would bring as a successful ex-captain.

"I'm also well aware that Kevin Pietersen is close to him and may want him on the board. But the time isn't right.

"Since retiring as Test skipper in the summer, Michael has done nothing to justify winning back a place in England's top order."

Meanwhile England have been fined by the ICC for a slow over-rate during the six-wicket defeat by India in the first Test.

Kevin Pietersen's side were ruled to have been one over short of the target in Chennai when time allowances were considered.

Players were fined 5% of their match fee and the captain fined 10%

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see also
England in West Indies 2009
01 Jun 08 |  England
England after India: the verdict
24 Dec 08 |  England
Jonathan Agnew column
23 Dec 08 |  England

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