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Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan in the nets © Getty Images

Michael Vaughan will make his long-awaited comeback from his knee injury on Wednesday when he plays for England's Academy side in a one-day match in Perth.

The recovering England captain has been selected to feature for the ECB Academy side against Western Australia’s 2nd XI in what will be his first competitive appearance since suffering a recurrence of his knee problems playing for Yorkshire at the start of last summer.

Wednesday’s match is the first in a series of games England have pencilled in for the Yorkshire batsman to prove his fitness before they consider him for an international recall.

His selection is almost sure to increase the speculation that England may recall Vaughan to boost their selection options before the end of the Ashes series.

But coach Duncan Fletcher has insisted they will not rush Vaughan’s return and are still hoping he can recover in time to feature in the one-day series starting in January.

“He seems to be pretty positive,” confirmed Fletcher.

“He’s working very hard at his game and we had a couple of sessions when he came out here.

“We’re still planning that he might be ready for the one-dayers and if anything comes earlier than that then all well and good, but from my point of view I don't think he can play in the Test series at this stage.

"I'm not going to say when he can play again until he has played a few games and come out of it and feels 100% because I know that's what Michael Vaughan wants."

England National Academy v Western Australia 2nds, South Perth CC, Richardson Park, Perth

Matthew Prior
Rob Key (Capt)
Owais Shah
Michael Vaughan
Rikki Clarke
Jamie Dalrymple
Michael Yardy
Ravi Bopara
Steve Davies (Wk)
Stuart Broad
Jon Lewis
Chris Tremlett

10.45am start; 50 overs per side; any 11 to bat from 12; first 10 overs fielding restrictions; two powerplays.