Vaughan eyeing bigger things

"If at the end of the World Cup or in a year's time, the job (captaincy) does become available, I would like my name to be mentioned but for now I'm happy to carry on playing,'' said Vaughan-— Pic. AFP "If at the end of the World Cup or in a year's time, the job (captaincy) does become available, I would like my name to be mentioned but for now I'm happy to carry on playing,'' said Vaughan

Runs, runs and more runs. He has been enjoying himself with the willow. Now England top-order batsman, Michael Vaughan, is eyeing even bigger things. The English captaincy for instance.

The smooth-stroking customer indicated that he would be interested in the top job in case, Nasser Hussain relinquished captaincy after the World Cup.

"If at the end of the World Cup or in a year's time, the job does become available, I would like my name to be mentioned but for now I'm happy to carry on playing,'' said Vaughan in East London.

Captaincy is a rare honour in any cricketer's career and as Vaughan said, "I've not heard of many people turning the job down.'' If indeed Vaughan takes up the captaincy, it would cap a glorious last 14 months, that has seen him being rated among the top three batsmen.

Vaughan is considered a level-headed and smart cricketer, who would slip into the role of a skipper quite easily. The Yorkshireman is among a small group of players, who have been tipped for the captain's role. Speculation about England's next captain has grown after Hussain said he was becoming disillusioned with the game's authorities and suggested he would reconsider his position as captain after the World Cup.

Hussain was disappointed following the International Cricket Council's (ICC) awarding of four full points to Zimbabwe, after England, due to political, moral and security constraints, refused to travel to Harare for the Pool `A' game against Zimbabwe on February 14.He has the complete backing of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) though. The ECB Chief, Tim Lamb, said, "I spoke twice to Nasser Hussain to assure him he has the total and unequivocal support of the board. I don't know (if he'll stand down), I think perhaps in the emotion of the moment he said that, we'll have to wait and see. There is no intention of replacing him.''