Vaughan keeps door open for England

The Bolton News: Michael Vaughan doesn't feel the time is right to get involved with England Michael Vaughan doesn't feel the time is right to get involved with England

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has ruled himself out of the running to replace Andy Flower as head coach but admits he may be interested in the role in the future.

Flower stepped down last week following the disastrous tour of Australia which saw England surrender the Ashes in a 5-0 whitewash and then slip to defeat in the following 50 and 20-over series.

Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has emerged as the frontrunner to take over the reins with former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten also linked with the post.

Vaughan, who now works as a pundit, has little coaching experience but, while he admits he may not be ready to assume the top job at the moment, he would like to be involved with the national side in some capacity.

"I think there are many ex-players who would love an involvement," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"There's many of us who watched in Australia and care passionately about the team, care passionately about what the game of cricket needs and requires and the entertainment value that we would hope that all teams around the world would bring.

"Of course if I get a call, and someone says to me 'would you like some involvement in trying to help English cricket move forward?'. Absolutely.

"But would I want to be the head coach: probably not."

On future ambitions he added: "I don't think you can ever rule that out.

"I'm only pretty young and you just never know where life is going to take you but at this stage I would really think that it is not the right time for me to be the coach of the England team."

Vaughan played 82 Test matches for England between 1999 and 2008, captaining the side to a famous Ashes victory in 2005.

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