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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 February, 2003, 17:21 GMT

Vaughan keen on captaincy
Michael Vaughan
Vaughan would be tempted by the England captaincy
Michael Vaughan has revealed he would be keen to take over as Nasser Hussain's successor as England captain.

Vaughan is among a small handful of players who have been tipped for the role, including fellow batsmen Marcus Trescothick and Mark Butcher.

And preparing for England's latest World Cup hurdle - against Namibia on Wednesday - he said: "First and foremost, the job is not available and I'm concentrating on my batting in my first World Cup.

"If at the end of the World Cup or in a year's time the job does become available I would like my name to be mentioned but for now I'm happy to carry on playing.

"I've not heard of many people turning the job down."

Speculation about England's next captain has grown this week after Hussain revealed he was growing increasingly disillusioned with the game's authorities.

The current England skipper hinted he was considering his future in the role.

But Vaughan tipped the Essex batsman to hold on to his job.

He said: "Nasser is doing a great job and we are all behind him and hopefully he will continue."

I'm not very experienced as a captain and there will be a number of players who would like to be mentioned
Michael Vaughan

Vaughan has become a regular feature at international level, one of the few positives from the troubled Ashes tour to Australia last year.

And, having captained England A on their tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1998/9, he has long been targeted as a future international captain.

But the 28-year-old, playing in his first World Cup, revealed he still had a lot to learn about the game before being considered.

He said: "I'm not very experienced as a captain and there will be a number of players who would like to be mentioned.

"I'm always thinking about the game when I'm on the field but it's pretty hard being an international batsman, fielder and cricketer and that's what I'm concentrating all my efforts on for now."

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