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Vaughan out for a duck in low-key comeback

Vaughan out for a duck in low-key comeback

Michael Vaughan's anticipated return from injury lasted seven balls Wednesday when the former England captain was out for a duck in a limited overs match between an England Academy XI and Western Australia.
Vaughan, who led England to victory in last year's Ashes series against Australia, was playing his first match since a county appearance in May, pressing a comeback from a severe knee injury suffered during an England tour to Pakistan.
His return was closely monitored Wednesday after speculation he might yet take some part in the 2006 Ashes series, the second test of which starts at Adelaide on Friday. Australia won the first test by 277 runs in Brisbane and leads the five-match series 1-0.
Vaughan had to wait for passing showers to abate before taking the field, as England batted first after West Australian captain Darren Wates won the toss. He had faced seven balls, hadn't offered a shot to four, when Wates had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Christian Moir.
"It is slightly disappointing I didn't get any runs but today was all about getting back playing cricket so it is a huge positive for me," Vaughan said. "It is the early stages of a comeback, but six months ago I never thought I would get to this stage of playing cricket again.
"It was a real tough time, and thankfully I got to this day. Next week I can hopefully get a few runs and spend a little bit more time in the middle."
Vaughan, 32, last played a test for England against Pakistan in November, 2005, but was forced to leave that tour and to return to England for a knee operation.
After a long rehabilitation he has joined the England Academy side in Perth in the hope of testing his recovery in match conditions.
The England Academy XI's visit to Australia runs parallel to the full England team's Ashes series against Australia. Vaughan's presence in Australia during an Ashes series has heightened speculation he might be called on by England, who are being captained in his absence by Andy Flintoff.


Updated : 2021-10-18 23:18 GMT+08:00