Michael Vaughan England Captain
ISM's Michael Vaughan has been confirmed as the new captain of England's one-day cricket team.
Vaughan succeeds Test skipper Nasser Hussain, who relinquished the job after England's World Cup exit in March.
|"Nasser will be a tough act to follow, but I will be doing the job my way not anybody else's," said Vaughan, who recently returned to the Yorkshire side after a lengthy lay-off following his return from South Africa.
"The England captain's decisions are always under the microscope and although I have limited experience of captaincy I would not have accepted the job if I felt I couldn't do it," added the 28-year-old opening batsman and record run scorer of 2002.
Vaughan's debut as captain comes next month in a three-match series against Pakistan, a team he rates as second only to Australia in its strength in the limited overs form of the game.
ISM's Chubby Chandler led the congratulations when he said: 'It just seems to be onwards and upwards for Michael these days and I am sure he will prove to be a worthy successor to Nasser Hussain'.
Chairman of selectors David Graveney revealed that Vaughan's ISM colleague Marcus Trescothick had also been considered for the post along with former one-day skipper Adam Hollioake. "It was quite a complex process to arrive at the decision to appoint Michael," he said. "All three candidates had plus points but we felt that moving forward with Michael was the right way to go".
Vaughan, who scored seven Test centuries last year and went on to become the first player to have his picture on the cover of Wisden, believes that the time is now right for England to start building towards the 2007 World Cup. " We need a settled squad so that by the time the next World Cup comes around we will have 11 captains and not just one," he said.
Vaughan also hopes to welcome back fast bowler Daren Gough into the international arena again after an injury-hit 18 months. "If he's fit he's in," said Vaughan.
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM