Vaughan fit and ready to drop down England order

The England captain, Michael Vaughan, has declared himself fit for the second Test with New Zealand, and has indicated he will probably bat at No 4.

The England captain, Michael Vaughan, has declared himself fit for the second Test with New Zealand, and has indicated he will probably bat at No 4.

The Yorkshire batsman had been forced to miss the first Test, which England won by seven wickets, because of a knee injury sustained in a net session. But he made his comeback in Yorkshire's 59-run National League victory against the Scottish Saltires yesterday, making a 62-ball 32, and declared that his knee was sturdy enough to make his Test return at Headingley.

He said: "It's fine. I trained pretty hard last week and the rehab went pretty well. Plus I have come through a good game of cricket which was a good test.

"I never say there is no trouble with my knee because I have had dodgy knees for a few years now. But what happened at Lord's was just bad luck and I'm hoping it never happens again. I'm going into the game on Thursday 100 per cent fit."

Andrew Strauss, the Middlesex opener, came in for Vaughan at Lord's and marked his Test debut with a century.

With Nasser Hussain retiring after a match-winning fourth-innings century, there is now no shortage of openers in the England camp, and a vacancy in the middle order. While Vaughan insisted he would consult with the coach, Duncan Fletcher, before making a final decision, it looked likely that he would be the one dropping down the order.

He said: "I have been speaking to Duncan over the last week and I know the selectors have their own ideas. It will be announced tomorrow but there is a good chance I will go down to No 4. I'm not too fussed about it, to be honest. I always think that if you can bat, you can bat anywhere.

Strauss, who also played well in the second innings of the first Test, impressed Vaughan. "He played really well," Vaughan said. "He had played well in the Caribbean games and that always helps to get a look at the international arena.

"He came in and played fantastically well. I hope his form continues into the game on Thursday as it is a big game for England. Being 1-0 up against a good Kiwi side reminds me of when we were 1-0 up in 1999 and we let that lead slip."

Vaughan also insisted that England would be able to cope without the former captain Hussain. "Looking back over the last couple of years we have lost a lot of experienced players. We have lost Darren Gough, Alex Stewart and Michael Atherton and the team has moved on without those players," he said.

"It will be the same now Nasser has gone. He will be missed as he has been a huge part of the England team for a number of years, not least as the captain. But we will make sure the team moves on."

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
musicOfficial chart could be moved to accommodate Friday international release day
Sport
Wes Brown is sent-off
football
News
i100
Sport
Italy celebrate scoring their second try
six nations
Sport
Glenn Murray celebrates scoring against West Ham
footballWest Ham 1 Crystal Palace 3
Arts and Entertainment
Drake continues to tease ahead of the release of his new album
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower