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Vaughan drives another four
Michael has been in stunning form at the crease

Michael Vaughan has just steered England to level the Test series with South Africa.

The Academy takes a look at the man with the brutal blade.

Despite his side's early exit from the World Cup and their dismal Ashes series, Vaughan has given the Barmy Army plenty to cheer over the winter and summer!

He currently sits on top of the Test batting rankings and recently starred on the cover of cricket's famous book - the Wisden Cricketers Almanack.

During the five matches at the World Cup Vaughan claimed two-half-centuries.

And in the five Test matches with the Aussies, he scored three centuries, including 183 in the final game.

His outstanding efforts won him the prestigious Man of the Series award.

And considering Australia have some of the best players in the world, Vaughan's achievement was even more remarkable!

2002 was a superb year for the 28-year-old. He scored 1,481 runs in all, making him the year's leading run scorer.

That type of form gets you noticed, and it is little wonder Vaughan has been chosen for the captaincy job.

It's not just the Aussies that Vaughan likes to score against.

He belted four Test centuries against India and Sri Lanka last summer, twice coming close to hitting a double century.

Michael Vaughan smashes another boundary
Another boundary for Vaughany
Despite being born in Lancashire, Vaughan plays his county cricket for arch rivals Yorkshire, for whom he made his debut in 1993.

In his first full season of county cricket in 1994 he scored 1,066 runs, and that same year he captained the England under-19 side in a home series against India.

He made his Test debut in 1999-2000 against South Africa, and won the man of the match award after hitting an impressive half century.

But it hasn't all been plain sailing for England star.

Injuries to his calf and knee forced him to miss much of 2000 and 2001, a period that included important Test series against the likes of Pakistan and India.

But Vaughan returned in style last year, and couldn't have wished for a better start to 2003.

Vaughan will be disappointed England couldn't have had some better results over the last few months.

But he can hold his head up high - and his bat - and can look forward to leading his country in the one-day games.

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Michael Vaughan factfile
Born: 29 October 1974, Manchester
County: Yorkshire
Batting style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break
Best bowling: 4-22 v Sri Lanka, Old Trafford 2002
Test debut: 1st Test v South Africa, Johannesburg 1999/00
Form: 564 runs in 26 games, five 50s, eight wickets, six catches


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