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Michael Vaughan retires

— 30 June 2009

Michael Vaughan has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket today. The 34-year-old has retired with immediate effect and everyone at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club wishes him all the very best for the future.

Michael Vaughan has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket today. The 34-year-old has retired with immediate effect and everyone at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club wishes him all the very best for the future.


Michael made his Yorkshire debut in 1993 and soon showed the class that was to feature in his batting exploits throughout his career. The trademark cover drive and the time he created for himself to play each shot soon catapulted him onto the world stage. He was a member of Yorkshire’s 2001 Championship winning side and also the side that lifted the C&G Cup at Lord’s in 2002.


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As is the way in modern cricket, Yorkshire were denied the very best of Vaughan for prolonged periods when he was representing his country, but wherever he played around the globe he enhanced the county’s reputation – Michael Vaughan, England captain, Yorkshire and England.


Michael will be best remembered for lifting the famous Ashes urn in 2005 after a thrilling series, becoming the first England captain to beat Australia since Mike Gatting in 1986/7. In all, Michael captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008. The 26 Test Match wins under his leadership makes him the most successful England skipper in history.


On his Test debut in Johannesburg he walked to the wicket with England perilously positioned at 2-4, but he immediately looked at home. Although he scored just 33 he batted on a difficult wicket for two hours and looked every inch a Test batsman.


He stroked 900 runs in seven Tests against Sri Lanka and India in 2002, and followed that with an amazing individual display in a losing series in Australia when he scored over 600 runs, the first visiting batsman for 32 years to achieve the feat. His performances lifted him to the top of the world batting rankings and inspired his book, ‘A Year in the Sun’.


Vaughan inherited the England captaincy from Nasser Hussain in 2003 and continued the latter’s work in moulding a side that could stand toe-to-toe with any international opposition. The now iconic pictures of Yorkshire’s England captain kissing the famous urn and leading his victorious side through the streets of London to a packed Trafalgar Square were the culmination of the hard work Michael invested in the cause alongside the coach, Duncan Fletcher.


Michael struggled with a career threatening knee injury after the Ashes success of 2005 and although he returned to the England captaincy with a century against West Indies at Headingley Carnegie in 2007, he relinquished the post in 2008 in an emotional press conference. The tears betrayed the pride and passion he had for the job, but it was typical of the man that they were not for himself, but provoked by questions on how his father and family felt – the power behind the throne and the people that had made a glittering career possible.


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Michael was left out of the preliminary Ashes squad in 2009 despite desperately wanting to feature in this summer’s series and finally decided that his problematic right knee could no longer withstand the arduous schedule of an England domestic season.


Michael Vaughan said: “After a great deal of consideration, I’ve decided that now is the right time to retire from cricket. I’ve loved every moment of my time with Yorkshire. I’ve made some tremendous friends and also enjoyed some success, most notably the 2001 County Championship. Obviously, my England career meant I was away from the county for protracted periods but I hope I represented Yorkshire with pride around the world. I’d like to thank Yorkshire CCC members and supporters for their fantastic support down the years. I’m sorry I never got the opportunity to say a public goodbye, but I hope that will be later this summer. I wish everyone at the Club every success in the future.”


Yorkshire CCC Chief Executive Stewart Regan said: “Michael Vaughan is a class act and will be remembered by Yorkshire members and supporters around the world for his beautiful stroke-play and of course his success in leading England to Ashes glory in 2005. It has been a pleasure and a privilege for me to get to know Michael over the past three years and his presence around the club has been hugely motivational, particularly for the younger players. I wish him every success in the future and hope that he continues to take more than a passing interest in the fortunes of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to personally thank him for his magnificent contribution, not only to Yorkshire, but to the game of cricket as a whole.”


England captain Andrew Strauss said: “I count Michael as a good friend as well as a team-mate and I know what a tough decision this will have been for him as he took so much pleasure and pride in representing his country. I learned a great deal from watching him captain the side for five years at close hand and his ability to identify a new strategy for outwitting the opposition or bring the best out of his own players was a priceless asset. But more than anything we as players will miss the enormous sense of fun and enjoyment that Michael brought to the dressing room. He will be missed by everyone connected with the team and we wish him every success in his future career.”

 

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