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Full name Michael Paul Vaughan
Born October 29, 1974, Salford, Manchester
Current age 40 years 150 days
Major teams England, Marylebone Cricket Club, Yorkshire
Nickname Frankie, Virgil
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Silverdale Comprehensive, Sheffield
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Nov 25-28, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v England at Dambulla, Mar 23, 2001 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Apr 21, 2007 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Australia at Southampton, Jun 13, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 9, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Worcestershire v Yorkshire at Worcester, Jun 16-19, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1993|
|Last List A||Surrey v Yorkshire at The Oval, May 20, 2009 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||England v Australia at Southampton, Jun 13, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Leicester, Jun 26, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|17||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||26 Jun 2009||T20|
|16||Yorkshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||24 Jun 2009||T20|
|10||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||22 Jun 2009||T20|
|43||Yorkshire||v Worcs||Worcester||16 Jun 2009||FC|
|0, 39||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Leeds||6 Jun 2009||FC|
|41*||Yorkshire||v Notts||Leeds||4 Jun 2009||T20|
|0||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||2 Jun 2009||T20|
|17||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Chesterfield||31 May 2009||T20|
|16||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Leeds||29 May 2009||T20|
|36, 0/9||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||26 May 2009||T20|
On September 12, 2005, Michael Vaughan secured his place in English sporting history by becoming the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87. It was the culmination of a five-year journey for Vaughan, whose captaincy - calm, obdurate and ruthlessly effective - had become as classy and composed as the batting technique that, briefly, carried him to the top of the world rankings.
With a priceless ability to treat triumph and disaster just the same, Vaughan faced up to his first ball in Test cricket with England four wickets down for two runs on a damp flyer at Johannesburg in November 1999 and drew immediate comparisons with Michael Atherton for his inhumanly calm aura at the crease. But, despite the obvious similarities between the two - from their Mancunian heritage to their indifference to sledging - Vaughan soon demonstrated he was more than just a like-for-like replacement. Once he had made the place his own, Vaughan blossomed magnificently, playing with a freedom of expression that Atherton had never dared to approach.
He sparkled his way to 900 runs in seven Tests against Sri Lanka and India in 2002, the prelude to a formidable series in Australia in which he became the first visiting batsman for 32 years to top 600 runs. Despite the fact that his one-day record at the time scarcely matched up to his impressive Test figures, he was appointed captain of England's one-day side in time for the 2003 home season, and inherited the Test captaincy two weeks later when Nasser Hussain abdicated out of the blue. Hussain, astutely, had spotted Vaughan's burgeoning man-management abilities, and despite a torrid baptism, including a record-breaking defeat at Lord's, Vaughan guided his team to a 2-2 draw. After a stutter in Sri Lanka, he confirmed the arrival of a new era by routing West Indies on their home soil, the first time in three decades an England team had achieved such a feat.
Returning home, he missed the opening Test of the summer but returned to guide England to a summer clean sweep with victories over first New Zealand (3-0) then West Indies (4-0), went on to record a memorable 2-1 series win in South Africa, and then achieved Nirvana with a 2-1 triumph in arguably the greatest series of all time.
But then came a terrible hiatus. A recurrence of an old knee injury meant that Marcus Trescothick stood in for the first Test of the post-Ashes era, in Pakistan, and the seriousness of the issue really became clear three months later in India, when he was forced home for a series of operations that wrecked his 2006 season and ensured he would not be fit to lead England's return trip to Australia. Andrew Flintoff took over the captaincy, but the calls for Vaughan's return grew louder as England were bundled ever closer to their eventual 5-0 whitewash.
Vaughan was duly recalled, as captain, for the one-day series in spite of a debilitating hamstring strain that reduced him to just three appearances out of ten in a victorious CB Series campaign. He limped his way through the World Cup, in every sense of the word, becoming an increasing liability in the top order. Two months later he quit the limited-overs captaincy, but by then he had re-established himself at the helm of the Test side.
He scored a memorable century on home turf at Headingley in his comeback game, before going on to overhaul Peter May's record of 20 wins as England captain. But he was never quite the same. Results faded and, after defeat to South Africa at Edgbaston, he emotionally resigned although vowed to play on. He was rewarded for his services with another ECB central contract that September, but as the 2009 Ashes drew closer it became apparent that his form was not going to return. Without having played another Test match, he took the decision in June 2009 to retire from all cricket with immediate effect.
PCA Player of the Year 2002
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2003
Awarded the OBE on 31st December 2005
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.