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Collingwood: Vaughan to be a huge loss for England

Collingwood: Vaughan to be a huge loss for England

Michael Vaughan's retirement will be a huge loss to English cricket, batsman Paul Collingwood said Monday as the team prepared for an Ashes series without its former captain.
The 34-year-old Vaughan, who led England as it won the Ashes in 2005, is set to announce his retirement from the sport at a news conference on Tuesday after being affected by a chronic right knee injury in recent years.
"It will be a sad loss for English cricket _ the contribution he has made over the last decade or so for English cricket has been phenomenal," Collingwood told Sky Sports. "To become the No. 1 player in the world, he had the talent there. But the biggest thing was that he was a real team player, a fantastic player and a fantastic captain. So obviously he will be a huge loss if that is the case tomorrow."
Vaughan captained England to a national record 26 test wins and has been described as the country's best ever leader.
"He loved the job, he was passionate about it and wanted to make England the best team in the world, and he certainly did that by wining the Ashes," said Collingwood, who captained England in this month's Twenty20 World Cup.
"He was just calm under pressure and you always look for the captain in those situations. Whenever we thought situations were getting pretty tight, he always had a smile on his face and looked pretty calm."
Last week, Vaughan was left out of England's 16-man training squad for the Ashes after having struggled to find form for Yorkshire in the county championship. He has scored only 147 runs in seven first-class innings this season.
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher, who gave Vaughan his test debut in 1999 before making him captain in 2003, said retiring would be the latest in a career of correct calls.
"The public saw one side only: a batsman who could cover drive and pull like a dream, and a tactically astute leader who brought the best out of his players," Fletcher said. "What they didn't see was the gutsy fighter who could score 177 with a busted knee, as he did in Adelaide in 2002-03, or the burning desire which once made him furious with me when I told him he couldn't play in a one-dayer at Bristol against the Aussies because of a serious finger injury."


Updated : 2021-03-04 12:07 GMT+08:00