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Reaction to Vaughan's retirement

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan's tactical nous has proven one of his major strengths

Michael Vaughan has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 34.

Vaughan was England's most successful captain, winning 26 of 51 Tests as skipper and leading his country to a dramatic 2-1 success in the 2005 Ashes series.

He scored 5,719 runs in 82 Test matches, including three centuries on the 2002/03 tour of Australia, where he became the first visiting batsman for 32 years to score more than 600 runs in a series.

Now, after being hampered by a knee injury and missing out on a place in England's Ashes squad for the forthcoming series against Australia, he has decided to quit all forms of cricket.

Here we round up the reaction to his retirement:

ENGLAND CAPTAIN ANDREW STRAUSS
Andrew Strauss

"I count Michael as a good friend as well as a team-mate and I know what a tough decision this will have been for him as he took so much pleasure and pride in representing his country.

"I learned a great deal from watching him captain the side for five years at close hand and his ability to identify a new strategy for outwitting the opposition or bring the best out of his own players was a priceless asset.

"But more than anything we as players will miss the enormous sense of fun and enjoyment that Michael brought to the dressing room.

"He will be missed by everyone connected with the team and we wish him every success in his future career."

FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN GEOFFREY BOYCOTT
Geoffrey 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," said Boycott in his Daily Telegraph column.

"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.

"Ultimately, I think his mistake was to try to play the same way for the rest of his career.

"Cricket is like life: it ebbs and flows, and you go through good times and bad. The trick is to know when to eke out a gritty, ordinary half-century, and when you are in terrific form and can take on the bowlers.

"Good luck to Michael. As he leaves the playing field for the last time, we will remember him for a magnificent string of results in 2004 and 2005, plus his signature stroke: that exquisite cover-drive. It really was a shot to die for."

FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN ANDREW FLINTOFF
Andrew Flintoff

"The man has been England's best-ever captain statistically.

"From my point of view, so far I've played my best years of cricket under him. He has helped me out and has helped everyone out who has played under him.

"He always looked pretty poker-faced. He gave confidence to his team. He is a mate as well. He will go down as one of the greats of the English game.

"As a captain he was unflappable. I think that rubbed off on the rest of the team and we played our best cricket under him.

"It's hard to remain like that when things aren't going your way. It's something I struggled with, but Vaughanie was born to be England captain."

FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN KEVIN PIETERSEN
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, watch the ball."

ENGLAND BATSMAN PAUL COLLINGWOOD

Vaughan the ultimate captain - Collingwood

"His cover drive was pure elegance and, especially against Australia, it looked like the ball was coming down in slow motion.

"The timing that he had made him the real, traditional, English cricketer than you would want to be.

"He always had a smile on his face and that filtered down to the rest of the players and gave them confidence to enjoy their cricket. He was a great communicator and you knew where he was coming from.

"I know how much hard work he had to put in on his knee just to get out on the park. It proved how desperate he was to play and how much he wanted to form a good side around him."

AUSTRALIA VICE-CAPTAIN MICHAEL CLARKE
Michael Clarke

"He has been a wonderful cricketer and wonderful captain for England for a long time and someone who I enjoyed playing cricket against.

"I was lucky to be able to sit down and have a few chats with him about batting.

"He's been a fantastic player and full credit to him. All the guys in our dressing room certainly respect him.

"He was a good leader in 2005 and he had a huge impact the way he presented himself and represented the whole of England."



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