Michael Vaughan is widely regarded as one of England’s finest captains as well as being a former number one ranked Test batsman.
In a distinguished international career spanning 82 Tests , 84 ODIs and two T20Is, Vaughan scored more than 7,000 runs for his country, including 18 Test centuries.
His finest hour came in 2005 when he became the first England skipper in almost 20 years to win the Ashes, brilliantly masterminding a 2-1 win over Australia in a series considered one of the best ever.
Vaughan’s rise to skipper came on the back of a stunning run with the bat, in which he followed up four centuries in seven Tests at home in 2002 before writing his name into the record books with three tons on England’s Ashes tour that winter.
As a batsman Vaughan was stylish right-hander with a cover drive to make the purists purr, but it was Vaughan’s calm, intuitive captaincy which stood him out. His and Duncan Fletcher’s captain/coach partnership established England as one of the stronger sides in the Test arena.
Injuries took their toll on Vaughan – the first Lancashire born Yorkshireman to sign for the White Rose county – and after missing the 2006/7 Ashes defence, he struggled to regain his once imperious form with the bat and England’s fortunes faltered on the field.
Retirement from the international game came in 2008, where he has since forged a burgeoning media career with the BCC, as well as appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.