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FORMER captain Michael Vaughan was left out of England's 16-man Ashes training camp squad yesterday.
Vaughan has not played for England since resigning as captain after last year's third Test against South Africa at Edgbaston, though he has often stressed how he wants to play in the coming Ashes series.
So far this season Vaughan, England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain, has done little for Yorkshire to press his claims for a Test recall, scoring only 159 first-class runs at an average of 19,88 in six matches.
Vaughan has also suffered a recurrence of a right knee injury that sidelined him for more than a year and forced him out of Yorkshire's recent Championship match against Somerset. "Michael Vaughan will, of course, be disappointed not to have been included," said England national selector Geoff Miller. "But I met Michael recently and he understands that he needs to make runs consistently in County cricket if he is to force his way back into the squad."
Yesterday England also announced the team to play Warwickshire in a three-day warm-up match at Edgbaston, starting on July 1, and the Lions or A side that plays Australia in a four-day match that begins on the same day.
Fast bowler Stephen Harmison, omitted from the training camp squad, was included in the Lions side.
The first Ashes Test is due to start in Cardiff on July 8. - Sapa-AFP