The tributes have been flowing in following the news Michael Vaughan has announced his retirement.
Last Updated: 30/06/09 2:37pm
Following Michael Vaughan's announcement that he will retire from all forms of cricket a number of greats from the sport have lined up to pay tribute to the Ashes-winning captain.
Vaughan's career saw him ranked as the No.1 batsman in the world, while he holds the record for Test wins as captain, leading England to 26 victories.
His friends and former colleagues have praised the exploits of the Yorkshire batsman - and you can add your own comments on Vaughan's career via the form below...
Paul Collingwood: "It will be a sad loss for English cricket - the contribution he has made over the last decade or so for English cricket has been phenomenal. To become the No.1 player in the world, he had the talent there. But the biggest thing was that he was a real team player, a fantastic player and a fantastic captain. So obviously he will be a huge loss if that is the case tomorrow."
Marcus Trescothick: "His experience within this year's Ashes side would have been really important. Obviously we worked closely together for a couple of years and had a great time, culminating in us winning the Ashes. To work with him, experience him and talk to him was a key moment for all of us. It was great to have that relationship with him."
Duncan Fletcher: "It's sad that he's going to announce his retirement, but reluctantly I have to say he's made the right decision. Cricket, and not just English cricket, will miss him."
Nasser Hussain: "It's my view that he became England's best post-war captain - certainly he was up there with the likes of Peter May and Mike Brearley. He commanded respect and got respect from every other opposition captain and player. I couldn't have wished for a better bloke to hand the captaincy over to. He continued that forward momentum with Fletcher and I'm sure Fletcher was the first one on the phone to him to thank him for all of the work he did. They were a good team."
Andrew Flintoff: "Playing with Vaughany I've had the best part of my career so far. As a player he probably got the best out of me. As a captain he's someone who you admire and respect and he's England's best ever captain statistically and he's not a bad batter as well so you combine those things and he's one of the greats of the modern game. As a captain he was unflappable whether the opposition were 500 for nought or 99 for nine he was always the same and that rubbed off on people."
Geoff Boycott: "I rank him alongside Mike Brearley, because they were both charming people on the surface, but underneath they were as tough as old boots. When I played for Brearley, he was an expert at blending a diverse group of characters into one successful unit. The same goes for Vaughan. He treated people as grown-ups, and made allowances for the fact that Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff needed to be given attacking licence."
Kevin Pietersen: "Michael Vaughan was huge to me. I remember one of the first things he said to me - coming in at The Wanderers to play South Africa in that huge series when 60,000 people were looking as if they were going to kill me. He walked up to me in the middle of the wicket and said 'The ball is white; the ball is round, you know what you've done to get here, just watch it as hard as you can'. That calmed me right down, from being a gibbering wreck walking on to that field to the player that I am now because that's all I do now. I just watch the ball."
Stuart Broad: "He was a fantastic leader for England. He was one of my heroes when I was growing up and I've had the honour and privilege to play under him. He's had a fantastic career and will be looked upon as one of the greats."
Jimmy Anderson: "He was a fantastic captain, it was great for me to play under him and I think he did a fantastic job."
Alastair Cook: "He was calm under pressure - it's a shame I didn't play under him as much as I'd like."
Matt Prior: "He was a fantastic player and also a fantastic captain. His stats speak for themselves; he was the most successful English captain and it was a pleasure to play under him."
Ricky Ponting: "Michael was an exceptionally skilled and talented player whose record would stack up against most top order batsmen who have played international cricket. He was a distinguished captain who led the side very well. Good luck with what he does after cricket. He was always a highly respected and skilled opponent."
Andrew Strauss: "It's hard to speak highly enough about what he achieved as England captain, he really took England to a new level. He showed a lot of loyalty to me personally, so I feel a lot of loyalty to him as a captain, as a bloke and as a friend. His achievements can't be underestimated. Taking the England team forward, the way he captained."