Vaughan not to give up captaincy, but fears might be snatched away

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London, Apr 18 (UNI) England captain Michael Vaughan has made it clear that he will not give up his coveted post despite seeing his team's exit from the World Cup after a nine-wicket loss to South Africa yesterday.

''I'm an honest guy who says my position is hugely in doubt due to my batting. But I still believe I'm a very good captain - I'm not retiring,'' Vaughan was quoted by BBC Sports as saying.

He also defended his Zimbabwe-born coach Duncan Fletcher, saying, ''He is an outstanding coach who still had a tremendous amount to offer.'' However, the English skipper admitted that both he and coach Duncan Fletcher's job are at stake.

The 32-year-old right-handed batsman, has scored just 130 runs in nine innings of the World Cup and under his leadership, England have beaten just one Test side in the Caribbean - Bangladesh.

Earlier, former England legends Bob Willis and Ian Botham had unanimously demanded the sacking of skipper Michael Vaughan, coach Duncan Fletcher and chief selector David Graveney following the poms disastrous World Cup campaign.

''One-day cricket has been way down the list of priorities.

Heads will roll and those heads should be Graveney, Fletcher and Vaughan. They've all got to go,'' Willis told the 'Sun' newspaper, while the 51-year-old Botham advocated the need for a major shake up in the team in order to sort out the present crisis in English cricket.


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