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Michael Vaughan will continue his quest to regain his Test place with the EPP

Former England captain Michael Vaughan will be part of the England Performance Programme squad in India.

Vaughan, who was awarded a 12-month central contract in September but not included in the Test squad to tour India, will be part of a 17-man party including England spinner Monty Panesar.

The squad will fly to Bangalore on November 21 where they will play a three-day match before moving onto Mumbai for a four-day game. They will train with the England Test squad on December 17 and 18 before flying home a day later.

Vaughan has not played for England since resigning the Test captaincy in August and was prescribed a break from the game following the conclusion of the domestic season.

The near month-long tour of India will give the batsman a chance to stake his claim for a place on the Test tour of West Indies in the new year.

Panesar was previously drafted into the EPP squad to help him prepare for the two-Test series which begins on December 11.

England captain Kevin Pietersen said: “It's good because it gives us strength in depth to have a guy like that around with his experience.

“He's coming back into the fold now and has his head back on - and he's willing to do whatever it takes to get back into the England team, which is great."