(CNN) -- Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has been recalled to their 25-player performance squad and awarded a 12-month central contract.
An emotional Vaughan gave up the England captaincy after the series defeat to South Africa.
The 34-year-old Vaughan stepped down last August and did not play in England's winter tours of India and West Indies.
But he has been determined to regain his place in the national set up ahead of the Ashes series against Australia later this summer.
Yorkshire bastman Vaughan was in charge when his team scored a famous victory in the corresponding series in 2005, but has been blighted by injuries in the intervening period.
He joins Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen as former Test captains in an experienced squad consisting of 12 centrally contracted players with others awarded temporary deals.
Yorkshire's 21-year-old spinner Adil Rashid is the only uncapped player in a squad that will also provide the team to play West Indies in a two-Test series at the start of the English summer. There are also England recalls for Essex wicketkeeper James Foster and Lancashire paceman Sajid Mahmood.
Foster has been on the sidelines since the 2002-03 Ashes series in Australia, while Mahmood fell out of favor after the 2007 World Cup. National selector Geoff Miller told the Press Association: "They are pressing for a place in the England squads and we will watch them with interest when they play for the MCC against Durham at Lord's this weekend."
Kent batsman Robert Key is also included in the performance squad. Key is favorite to take charge of England's Twenty20 World Cup bid in June with Test and one-day captain Andrew Strauss left out of that squad for the shortest form of cricket.