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Vaughan fears over Harmison.

England captain Michael Vaughan fears pace spearhead Steve Harmison may play just three more years at the top level.

The Ashington-born Durham star has struggled with homesickness on past England tours, and Vaughan is concerned the heavy travelling that accompanies international cricket may take its toll.

Harmison, who turns 27 later this month, has become England's principal new-ball weapon, but Vaughan is unsure about his long-term future.

Vaughan, in his new book Calling The Shots, wrote: "I'd love to see him carry on for decades, but I'm realistic enough to know it probably won't happen.

"Indeed, I'd be surprised if Steve plays past his 30th birthday. I think he will continue long enough to earn what he needs to keep himself and his family for the rest of his life.

"It won't be millions, but I suspect he'll get to a level when he thinks: OK, that's enough for me.

"He'll have his house in Ashington and his mates down the working men's club. They love their sport up there so there will always be jobs for him."

Harmison is currently with the World XI squad preparing for the ICC Super Test against Australia in Sydney tomorrow. He will then join up with the England squad to tour Pakistan on October 25.

Vaughan feels victory on the sub-continent is now his side's next great challenge after beating Australia in the summer Ashes series.

England may have broken Australia's dominance of world cricket, but Vaughan does not feel they have yet supplanted them as the best team.

Vaughan added: "The world rankings are not something that occupy too much of our attention, because we just look to be competitive in every game we play.

"Australia have been winning home and away for a number of years, and our side are yet to win on the sub-continent, so comparisons are not yet realistic."

N CALLING The Shots by Michael Vaughan is published today by Hodder & Stoughton, priced pounds 18.99.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2005
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