Vaughan confirms retirement

June 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has officially announced his retirement from all forms of first-class cricket. The 34-year-old failed to force his way back into the international fold this summer and this, combined with some poor form for Yorkshire, played a major part in his decision.

Speaking to the English press about his retirement, Vaughan said that it has been an ‘enormous privilege’ to have played for and to have captained his county over the last few years. He then described the decision to retire as the ‘hardest’ he has ever had to make.

There is no doubt that Vaughan will be remembered fondly by England fans. He played 82 tests for his country, 51 of them as skipper and scored over 5,700 runs at an average of 41. During this time, he managed to notch 18 test centuries.

Vaughan played with a fluency that many admired and when he was on form, he was one of the greatest players to watch in world cricket. It is a shame that his form has dipped in recent months, but this takes nothing away from what he has achieved.

With his retirement from the game confirmed, it seems appropriate to take a look back at the most significant moments of Vaughan’s career.

–       Made his first-class debut in 1993, immediately catching the eye with his stroke play.
–       Made his senior England debut on the 1999-2000 tour to South Africa with a top score of 69.
–       Made his first test-match century in May 2001 against Pakistan at Old Trafford.
–       Helped Yorkshire win the County Championship in 2001 for the first time since 1968.
–       Achieved huge personal success on the 2002-2003 tour of Australia by scoring a massive 633 runs.
–       Named England captain in July 2003, succeeding Nasser Hussain in the middle of a drawn test series against South Africa.
–       Guided England to seven test wins out of seven against New Zealand and West Indies in the summer of 2004.
–       Led England to Ashes glory in the Summer of 2005 for the first time since 1987.
–       Struggled with injuries in the three years following the Ashes win.
–       Resigned from the England captaincy in July 2008 during an emotional press conference.
–       Attempted to win his place back in the England side, but failed to find consistent form.
–       Retired from all forms of cricket in June 2009.

In all fairness to Vaughan, he has had a very successful career. His achievements as captain of England were superb and he will rightly go down as the best skipper ever. He turned England into a team of winners.

Hopefully, we will see plenty of him in years to come though. Perhaps he could perform a coaching role at some stage? I guess we will have to wait and see.

For now, we will just have to reflect on Vaughan’s career and wish him all the best for the future.

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