Michael Vaughan was a classy role-model both as a captain and a batsman, says Nasser Hussain.Back to story
Totally agree, l was a huge fan of Michael Vaughan as Captain and batsman, he could be a wonderful batsman, and became a great Captain, tactically and phycalogically, found a great partner in Trescothic, all leading to the ashes win for England. l often thought he didnt quite get the credit and appreciation in the uk as he did in other countries, the oz players particularly rated him high. Of course it was bad luck he was out for such a long time with injury, which was a disastrous time for england cricket without him in oz. He came back but never quite reached that peak again, and with his batting not as successful it played on his mind too much hence his resignation. He wasnt a big showy player or one to blow his own trumpet, but if any sportsman deserves a knighthood its Michael Vaughan, l,d also like to add that Yorkshire or England should offer him a coaching job now he,s free.
Posted 00:50 8th August 2009
Nass- 100% echo your views. From the 2000 home series againsty West Indies, he looked class.In full flow Vaughan was a pleasure on the eye. We'll never know whether captaincy robbed us of a batsemen who'd have a career average over 50 if he would have stayed as a batsmen only. Pleasingley for a fellow Yorkshireman,he had the respect of cricketers worldwide. Anyone who has read Steve Waugh's autobiography knows few English cricketers recieved any positives from him- Waugh gave Vaughan lavish praise indeed for a pom! As a Yorkshire fan - before he got selected for England, he was part of a very strong batting line up, and after a ropey beginning you could see him develop firstly with Moxon and Byas, and then in the late 1990's, he seemed to go up a gear when we signed our 2 Aussie batting gods (Darren Lehman and Michael Bevan). Having seen him play many innings , I'm baffled why he never got a ODI ton though. Got to confess I had a lump in my throat when he got a comeback hundred against the Windies at Headingley. The noise from the crowd was awesome that day.
Posted 21:19 30th June 2009
I found his press confrence very sad as he is such a great man it would be nicer to go out on a high like Nasser Hussain did at Lords -Lets hope he joins the SKY SPORTS team because he has a great opinion on the game and the way it is played at the highest level
Posted 14:58 30th June 2009
It is not often I would praise an English Crickteer but Michael Vaughan was up there with your best ever Captains and Batsman. None of us Aussies will be sorry to see him retire as his Captaincy played a big part in England winning in 2005. A great career Michael,congratulations.
Posted 02:40 30th June 2009
Nasser Hussain is spot on in his tribute to Michael Vaughn. He always came across as a great role model for international cricketers in the way he carried himself on and off the field. I can only think of Rahul Dravid amongst his contemporaries who wore a similar personality. When in great form as he was when India visited England in 2005,he was truly worth going many miles to see in action. Sadly, his sublime form deserted him not too long after that purple zone. Even if his statistics as an international may not be enough to consider him truly great, I for one would always consider him one of the great players from Yorkshire, who went on to play for England. It is possible that players of the mindsets of Vaughn and Dravid get done in mentally by the media as much as fitness over the years. That is very sad. But then I suppose one can say that one has to be stone headed as well to be successful even if one is exceptional as a player. If he does retire as he has said he would, I can only hope that he makes a comeback like Colin Cowdrey did against Lillee and Thomson. Cricket lore will be richer if another Vaughn special comes along then. Yes. Yesterday Once More
Posted 13:08 29th June 2009