Moores - Vaughan an option
Peter Moores told Sky Sports News that Michael Vaughan will be considered for the winter tour of West Indies.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 24/12/08 11:29am
England head coach Peter Moores told Sky Sports News that Michael Vaughan will be considered for the winter tour of West Indies.
The former England skipper has not featured for the national side since resigning as captain after the third Test defeat to South Africa in July.
However, after back-to-back losses to the Proteas and India, Moores' Test series record as England coach reads a rather uninspiring - played seven, won three, lost four.
England have chances to reverse their fortunes when they take on West Indies both in the Caribbean (February-March) and at home in May 2009.
And, after reflecting on the 1-0 defeat against India, Moores revealed there may be changes to the starting England XI, naming both Vaughan and Owais Shah as possible front runners.
"Michael has made a very strong point that he wants to play for England again, he's very keen to do that," he told Sky Sports News.
"He committed himself to go to Bangalore for the Performance Squad, but unfortunately with the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that got cut short.
"But what we do have in Michael is not only a fantastic individual but also a fantastic player so we have got to weigh all that up.
"It's difficult because Michael has had no cricket. But we have got to look at that and where we are now as a team and what is right going forward.
"We left out Owais Shah for the two Test matches and he did very well in the one-dayers and is pushing very hard for a Test match place so we have got to look at that and make decisions.
"And then we will pick what we think is the best squad to go and perform well in the West Indies and following on from that we have got the big Ashes coming up which we have got to perform well in."
India's series triumph over England completed a fantastic 2008 which also saw them power to a 2-0 victory in the three-Test series against world number one side Australia.
The Test series against England very nearly did not get the go-ahead after the one-day leg of the tour was aborted after five games following terror attacks in Mumbai.
However, England did return, and while reflecting on the series, Moores insists that was the right decision, and his players learnt a lot from the experience.
"We look back and it was the right decision to go back, that was the first thing to go back there and play those Test matches," he said.
"It felt very secure, obviously they (India) were delighted to see us and the boys learnt a lot in the Test matches.
"It was disappointing to lose the series in some ways because we got ourselves in a great position to win that first Test but couldn't go on and get a win.
"Playing in sub-continent conditions is a lot different to playing in England. Some of the lads have played there before and some haven't. I thought from a bowling point of view, to use different bowling combinations is crucial.
"In England the ball swings and seams about quite a bit so you don't need to look at your different variations as much. In India you have to vary your line your length, come over and around the wicket, change your pace and we see people like (Zaheer) Khan do that.
"We have got to regroup, settle our side, we've got a great year of cricket coming up and we've got to play very well throughout."
Meanwhile, England have been fined by the International Cricket Council for a slow over-rate during the six-wicket defeat in the first Test.
Kevin Pietersen's side were ruled to have been one over short of the target in Chennai when time allowances were considered and a fine has been imposed by Jeff Crowe of the ICC match referees elite panel.
Players are fined five percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with captains fined 10 percent.