Vaughan fears for England's fortunes in Tests

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London, Nov 26 (UNI) With the ODI series already out of their reach, former skipper Michael Vaughan has expressed his deep concerns about the English team's fortunes in the coming Test series if they cannot reverse their run of successive defeats in the one-dayers.

Vaughan, who arrived this week in Bangalore to train and play with the Performance Programme squad as he aims to recapture his form and try to force his way back into the selectors' thoughts, was present to watch India sealing a comprehensive series triumph with three games remaining by clinching a 19-run victory in the fourth match at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

It would only be natural for their players to look ahead to the two-Test series, which begins in Ahmedabad on December 11, and focus their energies on achieving success in the upcoming matches.

However, the 34-year-old Vaughan said, ''It's very difficult to come here and win, history suggests that, but if you can keep your spirits and keep that fight within the team when it is not going right that is important.

''When you get to a stage when things do go right you can continue with that kind of spirit and commitment and you'll be fine.

''In these next three one-dayers we're going to have to get some kind of victory to give us a bit of a boost because the Tests are coming at the end of the tour and they're usually at the beginning,'' he added.

He further admitted, ''It's going to be very, very difficult so we just want to try to lift ourselves with one or two victories in the next week. Hopefully we'll get three wins, but that looks a long shot.

''If we can win one or two games to give ourselves a lift in the Test series then hopefully we can perform well in those two games,'' he stated.

This tour is however, the first, which England have embarked on without Vaughan when he has not been injured since the 1998-99 Ashes tour and he has every sympathy with Kevin Pietersen, who succeeded him as captain following his emotional resignation last August.

Impressed over the way Pietersen has handled the setbacks in the first few weeks of the tour, Vaughan said, ''This is the ultimate challenge for a captain along with Australia so at an early stage in his captaincy he's being asked to go to the hardest place in the world.

''He'll make mistakes as you always do, but I'm sure he'll learn from them. The one thing that I've been really impressed with is that they look like they're in good spirits.

''When you're 4-0 down and getting bashed you can easily lose your spirit in the team and it is your job as captain to try to keep them high. So far they've looked very good so from that point of view he is doing a good job.'' Vaughan now hopes to be included in England's tour of India and return to county cricket following his resignation as captain and is now looking to score runs and force his way into the squad. However, he had struggled for form and scored only 43 in four championship innings for Yorkshire.

''If I can get a score when I'm out here and look good in all the nets then I'll be looking to hopefully push for the tour in January (to West Indies) and if not then I'll have to start well for Yorkshire next summer and get back in early on next summer.

''The West Indies is not out of the question and that is why I've come here to India. I'm not stupid either and I know I'm in the right place at the right time because it only needs a couple of injuries and they are going to select someone out of the Performance squad,'' he stated.


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