Michael Jackson may have been dominating the news agenda over the past few days, however it is the departure (retirement though, rather than death) of another Michael that is more
 
At his best, Michael Vaughan was a truly dangerous batsman and a genuine crowd thriller, and I count myself very lucky to have been there in person to see him bat at his best. Remember the time at The Oval, when he scored an astonishing 195 against India? I didn’t see that, but I did see the 47* in the second innings, and it was very clear by that stage that the man threatened greatness.
 
The 2002/3 Australia tour is where he really stamped his authority and everything come together. Don’t stop ’til you get enough was his mantra as – with England under the pump all series – he made the nation smile and healed the world by scoring 633 against a fine Canary Yellow bowling attack. He beat it to the boundary on a regular basis, scoring three big hundreds (none of them bad).
 
Ashes 2005 – this time around it wasn’t the bat that talked (although he did make another fine hundred), it was his captaincy. He ran rings around Ponting and led England to a fine series win. Whatever happens he’ll be known as England’s most successful ever captain. Injury has meant that he couldn’t get back to the form of 2002 and 2003. The man in the mirror has said enough is enough, and he has gone too soon.

Its human nature to look at the good times of the past. I can’t help it. Michael Vaughan, batting genius and captain marvellous, I just can’t stop loving the way you make me feel.

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