Vaughan sets sights on Ashes through performance in India

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London, Nov 12 (UNI) Former captain Michael Vaughan, who was drafted into the England performance squad which will tour India later this month, is aiming to win back a place for himeslf in the side through his performances so that he can have another go at arch rivals Australia in next summer's Ashes series.

The Yorkshire opener captained the England side that regained the Ashes in 2005 and now hopes his performances will help him break back into the full side for Australia's visit next summer.

''That would be the pinnacle, to get back in and try and play in the Ashes,'' Vaughan said after being included in the England Performance squad.

''I just want to try and do as well as I can and get that feeling of batting and scoring runs again. I'm sure it will be just around the corner. Ultimately, I'd love another go at Australia and beyond that,'' Vaughan was quoted as saying by the independent today.

The performance squad, which fly out to India in 10 days' time, will play two matches during the month-long tour.

Despite being awarded a central contract by the ECB in September, Vaughan was not picked for the 15-man squad currently in India to play seven one-day internationals and two Tests.

After relinquishing the captaincy, Vaughan kept himself away from the game for some time and the former skipper said he was feeling good after the break.

He said now he was keen to earn a place for himself through some good performances. ''I've had a good break, it's a break that I would have had at this time of year anyway, so I feel ready to get back and hopefully try and push for a place in the England side,'' he said.

Chief selector Geoff Miller was also confident that Vaughan would prove himself and force his way back into the England team by scoring runs.

''He's had his break, he required it and he has come back refreshed. He's now in the position that he has to start putting in some performances to get himself back in the side,'' Miller told Sky Sports News.

However, Miller made it clear that if there was any chance that Vaughan earn back a place in the side it would solely depend on the scores that get.

''He's got to overtake the players who currently occupy those positions in the side and those that are in contention for a Test place, and that can only be done by performances.

''But he'll work hard at it. I know he wants to get back in the side and he's a quality player,'' he added.


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