Vaughan dropped for England’s India tour (Lead)

September 27th, 2008 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 27 (IANS) Michael Vaughan has been dropped from England’s Test team for the India series this winter and is to take a three-month break from international cricket, the national selector said Saturday.”Michael has not been selected for the tour of India because his place in the Test squad cannot be justified based on recent form,” said England and Wales Cricket Board national selector Geoff Miller.

“Our view is that it will be to England’s benefit if he takes a break from international cricket in the period leading up to Christmas and spends time working on his game,” he added.

Selectors hope Vaughan will be able to return to form either in the Caribbean next spring or in time for the 2009 Ashes.

“We have discussed the situation with Michael,” added Miller.

“He fully understands the reasons for the selectors’ decision and has made clear to us that he is fully committed to winning back his place in the England Test side.

“Like all centrally-contracted players, Michael will be given a clear programme over the next six months which will include training and match practice over the winter period.

“With a busy period of international cricket on the horizon, we would like to stress that he remains very much part of our plans over the coming year,” Miller added.

Vaughan, nearing 34, has made just 41 runs in four innings for Yorkshire. The season has been tough for Vaughan, who seven weeks ago announced the end of his five-year reign as England captain in tears.

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