DateLine: 3rd June 2008
Michael Vaughan would forever be remembered as the captain who led England to their greatest triumph in modern day cricket, when he won the Ashes back in 2005 in one of the best Test series ever played. With effective calm and composure, he has now won more than 20 Tests, which is a credible feat to his name as compared to other more illustrious captains.
He became captain of the ODI side first, when in 2003 Nasser Hussain stepped down, and two weeks later he was also appointed the Test captain. This was done on the basis of the stupendous form he had displayed in his international career for quite sometime now. He sparkled his way to 900 runs in seven Tests against Sri Lanka and India in 2002, and later became the first player in 32 years to score more than 600 runs on a tour to Australia.
After being made captain, he led the team to new heights, with victories in West Indies, and then against New Zealand & West Indies again at home. This he achieved inspite of the poor start he made, drawing his first series in-charge 2-2 against the South Africans. After the 2-1 Ashes win, however, the nightmare began as he aggravated an old knee injury and missed out on a lot of cricket.
He took a lot of time to recuperate and his replacements didnít do too well, as they lost the Ashes again, this time a crushing 5-0 loss. After a disastrous World Cup in 2007, Vaughan stepped down from the ODI captaincy and Paul Collingwood was chosen in his place. For his contributions to English cricket, he was awarded the OBE in December 2005.