DateLine: 23rd July 2006
Englandís Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan has said he intends to return to cricket early next year and play a part in England's World Cup campaign in the West Indies.
Vaughan has been ruled out of the return series in Australia starting in November after undergoing a fourth knee operation earlier this month. But the Yorkshire batsman is optimistic he can feature in one-day fixtures against Australia and New Zealand in January and February and so prove his fitness in time for the World Cup, which starts in March.
"It's going to be a long road but hopefully I'll be back playing cricket again in the early part of 2007. Itís been a tough year, I thought Iíd got very close to being fit to play and it wasn't right so I had to have another operation. At least it looks like Iím on the upward slide now and I can look forward to playing cricket again,Ē Vaughan said.