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Last Updated: Monday, 18 June 2007, 18:17 GMT 19:17 UK
Vaughan's one-day highs and lows
By Jamie Lillywhite

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan scored 16 one-day fifties but never scored a century

Michael Vaughan's decision to give up the captaincy of England's one-day side has provided as many questions as answers.

The most pertinent of them, perhaps, is did he jump or was he pushed?

Suspicions that the latter may be closer to the truth were raised by the statement announcing his decision. He made it clear that although he will no longer be captain, he still wants to continue playing in the team.

That may be wishful thinking, however, as a record of 86 matches without a single century has helped create a situation which will see England have different skippers for Test and limited overs cricket.

So how will Vaughan's one-day career to this point be remembered?

THE HIGHS

Vaughan's first one-day fifty came in his eighth innings, when he made 63 from 80 balls in a 16-run victory in Cuttack on the tour of India in 2001/2.

He made 59 in his one appearance of the series in New Zealand a month later before striking six fours and a six against an Australia attack featuring Brett Lee and Shane Warne in his 60 from 81 balls in a losing cause as the home side secured the best-of-three VB Series final 2-0.

The 2003 World Cup in South Africa saw two half-centuries in the first three matches, against the Netherlands and Pakistan, in what proved to be his final campaign as non-captain.

Although scoring 27,10 and 29, Vaughan's captaincy began with a NatWest Challenge series success against Pakistan.

He then struck 15 fours in an 83 in the NatWest Series against South Africa, before leading England to victory in the final against the same opposition.

VAUGHAN'S ODI RECORD
Matches: 86
Innings: 83
Runs: 1982
Highest: 90*
Average: 27.15
ODIs as captain: 60
Wins as captain: 32

Perhaps the highlight of Vaughan's one-day career came in the 2004 Champions Trophy at Edgbaston when he made 86 from 122 balls in a six-wicket semi-final victory over world champions Australia, which many felt was a significant psychological lift ahead of the Ashes the following year.

More recently, he looked set to finally end his quest for a century when he smashed six fours and two sixes in the World Cup game against West Indies Barbados, but his 68-ball knock ended on 79 with a disappointing run-out.

THE LOWS

Vaughan endured a wretched NatWest Series at home against Australia and Pakistan in 2001, scoring only seven runs in four innings including a first ball duck against Steve Waugh's Aussies.

The final of the same competition a year later against India was also a disappointment, out fifth ball for three in a total of 325-5.

He lasted only five balls again in his final match before taking over the captaincy, caught behind for two as England's 2003 World Cup campaign ended against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

Having guided England to the final of the Champions Trophy at home in 2004, Vaughan made a scratchy seven from 18 balls as his team were beaten in near darkness by two wickets against the West Indies at The Oval.

The final match of the series in South Africa was also a dark day, out for a single to complete a 4-1 reverse.

Having battled back to fitness to return in Australia for the CB Series, Vaughan was bowled first ball by Shane Bond in the third match, and a torn hamstring prevented him playing in the best-of-three final against Australia, in which England triumphed against the odds under Andrew Flintoff's leadership.

In a stretch of four innings at the World Cup he scored only 12 runs as England steadfastly refused to change their rigid top three and make use of the powerplays, and it is the need for a change of direction that may also have led to his decision to quit.



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