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England's Vaughan wants another go at one day game

AFP, LONDON

England captain Michael Vaughan glances up at the rain clouds during the fourth day of the third Test against India at the Oval cricket ground in London on Aug. 12.

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Michael Vaughan reckons being without the burden of the England captaincy could revive his fortunes with the bat in the one day game.

The Yorkshire batsman hopes his decision to stand down could "unleash the shackles" on his run-scoring potential, if he is given another chance in limited overs internationals.

Vaughan gave up the one day captaincy following England's disappointing World Cup campaign in the Carribean earlier this year.

He has since been dropped from the England squads for the ongoing seven-match one day series against India and next month's inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa.

Vaughan, 32, says he remains available for limited overs international cricket, if selected.

He has also regularly admitted to being mystified at his mediocre limited overs average of 27.15 -- compared to a Test figure in the mid-40s -- and is hoping that a new freedom from the extra responsibility of leading the team could help him perform.

"Maybe by playing as a non-captain will just unleash the shackles, and I just go out and just have a go and I become a better player," he told the NatWest cricket Web site.

Should he be granted the opportunity to add to his 86 one day international caps, Vaughan can expect to be doing so under Paul Collingwood -- who replaced him as the captain of the one day team.

"Only time will tell -- but certainly in a year if I'm fit and firing I'd like another opportunity. But that's down to `Colly' to select me," he said.

Before then, Vaughan has a word of warning for England in the ongoing seven-match series against India -- to beware an unlikely danger man in the tourists' ranks.

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar is not top of most people's lists as the man most likely to haul India back from an opening defeat at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

But Vaughan said: "He's a clever, clever bowler who will be a big threat to us in the middle period."

"He's got very consistent wickets -- going for less than three-and-a-half an over for the majority of the games he's played -- so there'll be a big, big questions to be answered when we go out and bat against him," Vaughan said.

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