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Ashes 'not be all and end all': Vaughan

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London, Apr. 23 (ANI): Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan has made a startling claim that beating Australia in this year's five-Test series isn't the be all and end all for the England team.

Vaughan, who is trying to force his way back into the national side, was at the helm when England shocked the cricketing world in 2005 by regaining the Ashes on home soil following a 16-year drought.

"You've got to be careful because you've got to give Flower time. He's only just come into the position as a full-time coach, and the Ashes are two months away. Myself and (former coach) Duncan were lucky, we had two years to develop a team to take on the Aussies in 2005. We had a great set of players operating in the fashion that we wanted, and that took time," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the 34-year-old as telling the cricinfo web site.

"This summer is a big summer for the world game because the Ashes is very special, but it's not the be-all and end-all for the England team, because it's all relatively new for Flower and Strauss," Vaughan said.

Vaughan also said that he would like to play for England again.

"I'd like another stab at the England side. I feel I've got a great opportunity to do that," said Vaughan.

"Last summer I got to a stage where I wasn't quite enjoying cricket, and I didn't like that feeling at all, but anyone who's been around me for the last six months will see that I'm ready to go," said Vaughan, a veteran of 82 Tests. (ANI)

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Story first published: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 13:23 [IST]
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