Vaughan on verge of new Yorkshire deal

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The England captain, Michael Vaughan, hopes to sign a new contract with Yorkshire before leaving for the tour of India. The 31-year-old batsman, who is currently recovering from knee surgery after injury curtailed his tour of Pakistan, says he could agree a new deal in the near future.

Vaughan said: "I hope to sign a new contract with the club in the next couple of weeks. We're in the middle of trying to sort it out but hopefully I will be here for a while. I can't see myself playing anywhere else yet."

Vaughan was also quick to play down expectations of his Ashes-winning side following the miserable pre-Christmas tour of Pakistan, insisting they are on a learning curve on the subcontinent. "People have to be realistic. We're quite young. We've got some really good players but our experience playing abroad is not there at the moment. They [India] have got to be favourites on home soil. Only Australia in the last 14 years have won there, which is a hell of a record at home.

"They've got every area covered - seam bowlers, mystery spinners and phenomenal batsmen - but that's not to say we can't have a good tour if we keep our discipline and work hard."

Marcus Trescothick stepped into the role of captain when Vaughan was forced home by the long-standing injury but the Yorkshireman believes his chances of resuming his duties are good.

"The knee is all right. It's been four weeks since the operation. I've done rehab and I've just started running indoors on soft surfaces in the last few days. You need a little bit of luck but if that stays with me I'm sure I will be fine for the tour," Vaughan added.

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