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Vaughan retires from cricket

Former England captain Michael Vaughan announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect in Birmingham at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2009 23:26 IST

Former England captain Michael Vaughan announced his retirement from all professional cricket with immediate effect in Birmingham at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Vaughan, England’s most successful Test captain, has not played for his country since tearfully resigning from the captaincy in August during the home series loss to South Africa.

His career has been blighted in recent years by a knee injury and speculation about the 34-year-old’s future intensified after Vaughan failed to win a place in England’s squad for the Ashes. Vaughan, in a statement issued by the ECB said: “After a great deal of consideration, I’ve decided that now is the right time to retire from cricket.

“It has been an enormous privilege to have played for and captained my country and this is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. Having played almost non-stop for sixteen seasons, I feel the time is right for the focus to shift to the next generation. We have some fantastic talent coming through the counties and, with the next Ashes series upon us, now is the time for the younger players to rise to the challenge.”