Vaughan set to miss rest of tri-series
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 1st February 2007
England captain Michael Vaughan is set to miss the rest of the
triangular one-day international series as he struggles to recover from
a hamstring injury.
Vaughan suffered the injury in England's second game - and only win- of
the tri-series and was only expected to miss a week. However, the
injury has taken longer than expected to heal and although the England
management said he was close to playing Tuesday against New Zealand,
wicketkeeper Paul Nixon revealed he was unlikely to play any more part.
England need to win their final two tri-series games to have any hope
of reaching the finals, but Nixon said Vaughan would not be rushed
"I actually had a bat with Michael in centre wicket practice a few days
ago and his hamstring wasn't quite up to scratch," Nixon said. "He
struggled running, he is still having a lot of rehab, doing a lot of
swimming pool work, and having a bit of acupuncture. I don't think
Vaughany will be taking much part, I really don't, sadly. It is too
sore at the moment."
Speaking to the media last Sunday, Vaughan admitted he was still
feeling the injury whenever he tried to run. Having never had a
hamstring injury before, he was unsure how long he would be sidelined
for, with England crying out for his leadership.
The lingering injury is also a major blow to Vaughan's preparation for
the World Cup, which is just over a month away. It occurred in just his
second game back from a long layoff due to knee surgery.
England's next match is against Australia on Friday and they are
hopeful opening bowlers Jon Lewis (ankle) and James Anderson (back)
will be available to face the Australians, but the pair will be
monitored over the next few days.