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Connector of the day – Michael Vaughan

October 27th, 2009
04:55 PM ET

In 2005, Michael Vaughan became the first captain of England’s cricket team to win the coveted Ashes series against Australia since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/27/art.michael.vaughan.jpg caption="Vaughan's finest hour came in 2005 after England's Ashes win over Australia."]

In his five-year spell as skipper of the national team, Vaughan developed a reputation as an astute on-field tactician as well as a talented batsman.

Indeed his batting proficiency saw him climb briefly to the top of the Test batting rankings during the 2002-2003 season.

Earlier this year, Manchester-born Vaughan decided to retire from the game altogether after a combination of injury and loss of form prevented him from making his Ashes swansong against the touring Australians.

But the record books will show he was England's most successful Test captain of all time with 26 wins from 51 matches.

Michael will be appearing on the show later this week as our “Connector of the day,” and will talk about his career, the current state of the game, and moves to expand its global profile beyond the Commonwealth countries that current dominate the Test scene.

Send your comments, questions to us and we’ll put the best ones to Michael on the show.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rodel Reintegrado

    Do you think Cricket should be embrace in the Summer Olympics?

    October 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  2. Mick

    Which 4 players from history would you take with you to a desert island beach cricket game?

    October 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  3. Hank Hall

    Which Australian player do you admire the most off the field, and why?

    October 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  4. Ketan

    Who do you rate the best cricketing figure in current times?

    October 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  5. Jitendra Chalke (JC)

    If cricket is called gentleman's game, why its not popular around the world other than commonwealth countries? Do you think there are no gentleman's around other part of world? This may sound funny!! but why ICC is not pushing hard to get cricket to North/South America on international level!!!

    October 28, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  6. Jitendra Chalke (JC)

    Forgot to mention... Way to Go on Ashes 2005 and 2008 (We missed you in 2008)

    October 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  7. Sameer

    was getting bowled by fast bowlers ( Lee,Steyn,your own son 🙂 ) one of the reasons for your lack of confidence and subsequent form?

    October 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  8. Mahmud_BD

    What do you think about the current rise of T20 format? Do you think that ODI format should be scrapped to accommodate T20s?

    October 29, 2009 at 12:32 am | Reply
  9. Nicky Krause

    Which player did you most admire when you were growing up?

    October 29, 2009 at 1:14 am | Reply
  10. uglyhunK

    Is T20 is threat to the future of the Test Cricket ??

    October 29, 2009 at 3:01 am | Reply
  11. shahzad yaqoob

    what you will say about andrew flintof retiring from test cricket and only playing t20 and odi

    October 29, 2009 at 3:11 am | Reply
  12. smalik

    do u think flintoff will ever return to international cricket?

    October 29, 2009 at 4:04 am | Reply
  13. Haris Malik

    Do you believe that the one cricket would totally be over shadowed by T-20? and i want to ask you why does the English team always under performs specially in the ODI series against Australia. I mean they have so much potential.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:22 am | Reply
  14. nadeem

    who do you think was a better bowler Wasim Akram or Glen Mcgrath considering the following:

    Unassisted wickets
    bowling conditions

    October 29, 2009 at 5:26 am | Reply
  15. Saurov

    Hi Mike, what are your memories of the innings you played against Australia in the Champions Trophy in which England beat the Aussies after a long time thanks to your great innings.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:33 am | Reply
  16. Harry

    Recently, Gary Kirsten (coach of India), told his players to spend more time with their wives or girlfriends.
    Do you think the players these days get to spend time with their families, due to the hectic schedule they have?

    October 29, 2009 at 7:42 am | Reply
  17. Tarun

    Do you think cricket ODI format should follow Baseball format where batters from opposing team play in the same inning? Kind of same thought Sachin Tendulkar had suggested.

    October 29, 2009 at 8:01 am | Reply
  18. Aniqah

    What was the most difficult decision you had to make as captain / Were there any decisions you made during your career which you later regretted / Looking back, if there was one thing you could change or undo what would it be?

    October 29, 2009 at 8:04 am | Reply
  19. Mark Chalcraft

    Will English counties participation in the new Champions League Twenty20 tournament bring improvements to English cricket?

    October 29, 2009 at 8:31 am | Reply
  20. chris

    Hi Michael,

    Is there any point in young players learning defensive shots? With the game changing so fast would it not be better for young players to work out various ways of scoring off yorkers etc?


    October 29, 2009 at 9:46 am | Reply
  21. Subash Pandey

    Where is world of Cricket according to you heading to? Is there chance of 10 over match?

    October 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  22. Richard Berkenstat

    For Michael Vaughn

    Q: If your name wasn't Michael Vaughn what would you like it to be?

    October 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  23. louise

    Who is your favourite England cricket captain of all time?

    October 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  24. rob heinen

    Everyone desreves a new carreer when it's time to make that switch. Taking off with putting others down, however, is the way of the lowlife. If you – Michael Vaughan – want to criticise anyone, look at the dark side within yourself, mate, and have a go.

    November 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Reply
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