Michael Vaughan today resigned as England cricket captain, saying it was both the hardest and the easiest decision he has made.
His decision follows yesterday's five-wicket defeat against South Africa in the third Test at Edgbaston, which gave the Proteas an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
"It's just the right time I feel to move forward with a new captain and new direction," a tearful Vaughan told a press conference.
"I've put my heart and soul into the job but my head is telling me to pack it in."
Vaughan said he now wanted to take a break and come back and finish the season for county cricket side Yorkshire.
"I just want to try and freshen up the mind and get back to playing as a batsmen. I do believe these could be the best years of my playing career.
"That's the one thing I want to get back doing."
The 33-year-old made his Test debut in South Africa in 1999, and captained his country for the first time at Lord's.