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Ashes winning Skipper Michael Vaughan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 34-year-old has been out of the England Test team since an year after struggling with his dodgy knee. Vaughan has been an inspirational leader for England during his tenure, the main highlight being the incredible Ashes win in 2005 which ended a drought of 18 years.

The Yorkshire Cricketer is also England’s most successful Captain ever with a record of 26 wins in the 51 Tests he has led. England became a formidable unit in Test Cricket under his leadership although it continued to remain highly inconsistent in the shorter version of the game just like Vaughan.

Michael Vaughan has ended his career with 82 Tests in which he stroked 5719 runs with a healthy average of 41.44. Pundits have been of the opinion that Vaughan was blessed with a great technique and a good temperament to play the long innings. The right handed top order batsman didn’t quite match up to the expectations but still did well in notching up 18 Test hundreds along with the same number of half centuries. Vaughan clearly underperformed in the ODIs that he has played, 86 to be precise in which he could just score 16 half centuries at an ordinary average of 27.15. The right hander has a total of 42 centuries in his overall first class career which saw him score 16295 runs.

Michael Vaughan had made his Test Debut in 1999 against South Africa at Johannesburg. He could cement a place in the side only in 2002 after a highly productive home series against Sri Lanka and India whom he took for nearly 1000 runs in just seven tests. Vaughan’s highest Test Score of 197 came against India at Trent Bridge in 2002 which incidentally is also his highest score in first class cricket. His second highest score is 195 against the same opponents in the same 2002 series, this was at The Oval. Vaughan had cracked four centuries each against India, Australia and the West Indies in his 9-year-old Test career. The right hander had made his Yorkshire debut in first class cricket in 1993.

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