Michael Paul Vaughan is a former English cricket player who went on to become one of the remarkable players in the history of the English Cricket. He was born on October 29, 1974 in the town of Eccles in Manchester.
Michael was primarily a right handed opening batsman for England, and had given a number of good starts to the team during his tenure. Vaughan is best remembered as the man who brought the Ashes back to England after 19 long years.
Vaughan played alongside Gary Neville in an U-15 Bunbury Festival match and was spotted by the then Yorkshire head coach Doug Padgett who offered him a place in the Yorkshire County Cricket Team.
Michael Vaughan played his first international match on November 25, 1999 against South Africa at Johannesburg. His performance was not exceptional but was enough to keep his place in the team.
He moved in at a score of 4/2 and stood on the crease for two hours, scoring 33 runs in the first innings. The second innings was no good for him and he managed a low score of 5.
Rise to Glory
Michael Vaughan scored his first Test century against Pakistan in 2001, but his achievement was dulled by the team’s loss in the match.
He became a prominent player in the year 2002, when he scored 900 runs in the home test matches against India and Sri Lanka including 4 centuries. This included his career best score of 197 as well.
He continued to excel in his performances against Australia in the Ashes 2002-03, where he scored three centuries. All such consistent performances made him the top batsman in the ICC rankings.
Vaughan began facing knee injuries in 2005, causing him his form as well as deteriorating his performance as the captain. He led England to a defeat in the first T20I match against Australia.
He began missing matches and series consistently and his place in the team was being questioned. To make the matters worse, he faced hamstring injury as well and he achieved an unwanted feat of a Golden Duck against New Zealand. After that match, he made guest appearances in the team before officially retiring in 2009.
Michael Vaughan was appointed the captain of the English ODI team in 2003, after Nasser Hussain stepped down. He was also appointed as the Test captain after a short duration.
Under his leadership, England regained the Ashes after 19 years and achieved the feat of remaining unbeaten in tests for eleven matches in a row in the year 2004. Under his captaincy, England won away series against West Indies and South Africa after more than 30 years.
He made England finish second in the ICC Test Championship but failed to get the World Cup for England in 2007. He eventually resigned as the captain in 2008 after loss against South Africa.
Vaughan has some unusual records to his name. He is one of the few players to score a duck and a century in the same test.
He has never scored an ODI century and he has a Golden Duck to his name as well. He was the first ever person to be on the cover of the Wisden magazine.
MIchael officially retired in 2009, after which he took up a job of commentator with Sky Sports. He even runs a Fitness Gym and and owns an Art company called Art Balling.