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Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan is a well-known English cricket commentator and a retired cricketer. Michael Vaughan served as the England captain for the test team from 2003 to 2008. Moreover, he also represented Yorkshire in the domestic arena.

Early Life and Childhood

Michael Vaughan was born Michael Paul Vaughan on October 29, 1974, in Eccles, Greater Manchester, England. His age is currently 49 years old. He was born to his father Graham Vaughan and his mother Dee Vaughen. He is also the nephew of the early 20th-century cricketers,  Ernest, and Johnny Tyldesley. Vaughan holds English nationality and his zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Likewise, his father is an engineer and his mother is a housewife. Similarly, he also has an elder brother named David Vaughan who is currently working as an estate agent. His family shifted to Sheffield when Michael was just nine years old.


As for his educational history, he attended Silverdale School. However, there are no exact details about his academic qualifications and university. Vaughan began playing cricket for the school team, where Doug Padgett, the Yorkshire coach, first took notice of him.

County Career

As a youngster, Vaughan attended the game between Yorkshire and Sheffield while residing in Derbyshire. He was playing on the outfield with his mates during the tea break when (at the time) Yorkshire head coach Doug Padgett saw him and asked him about joining the county.

Vaughan was born in Eccles, Greater Manchester, despite the strict rule at the time that only players born in Yorkshire could be selected for Yorkshire. Doug Padgett reconsidered the young athlete once the rule was changed years later and extended an opportunity to enroll him in the Yorkshire program.

Michael Vaughan

Caption: Michael Vaughan was captured on one of his programs
Source: The Mirror

International Career


Vaughan, a batsman who also occasionally plays off-spin, started playing professionally at the age of 17. He led the England Under-19 cricket team on tours to Sri Lanka in 1993/94 and against India at home in 1994. He became the 600th player to play for his nation in Test cricket when he made his Test debut for England in South Africa in November 1999.

Michael started his debut Test match with England in an unstable position of two wickets down for two runs; after one over, this situation had worsened to four wickets down for two runs. He produced a calm 33 and collaborated on 56 with Andrew Flintoff.

He had a rough start in the first Test at Brisbane with scores of 33 and 0, but he would improve on this in the second Test in Adelaide with a score of 177 and 41. Vaughan made a daring 145 in the fourth Test at Melbourne. Vaughan struck a match-winning 183 in the fifth and final Test in Sydney before being ruled out incorrectly lbw to Andy Bichel. Replays revealed that the ball not only missed the leg stump but was also going over the stumps by a reasonable margin.

In 2003 at Edgbaston, Vaughan followed with a 156 against South Africa. He was named Test captain for the following game after Nasser Hussain resigned. Vaughan had a Test batting average of 50.98 when he took over as captain of England.

England captaincy

Despite playing a total of 86 matches, Vaughan’s limited-overs batting rarely matched his success in tests. In fact, despite this, he never scored a one-day international century. His highest ODI score against Zimbabwe was 90 not out, which he achieved in 99 balls. Despite this, Nasser Hussain elected to resign after the 2003 World Cup, and Vaughan was named captain of the England One Day International team on May 6, 2003.

Before the final Test at the Oval on August 3, 2008, Vaughan resigned as England captain after England lost a series to South Africa. During a torrent of tears (which somewhat contradicted the stereotyped Northern “hard man” image), Vaughan thanked his loved ones for their support in a speech that was extremely emotional. He then asked if anyone in the audience had a tissue.

Injury Troubles

Vaughan was unable to play in the opening Test of England’s tour to Pakistan in late 2005 due to a knee injury. He took part in the following two, contributing a half-century in the third as England fell behind 2-0 in the series. This ended England’s six-series winning streak in Test matches, which had moved them up to second place in the ICC Test Championship.

Due to knee issues, Vaughan missed practically the whole 2006 campaign and was unable to participate in the Test series against India and Sri Lanka. He was unable to participate in England’s 5-0 loss in the 2006–07 Ashes series in Australia, despite initial hopes of a comeback. In his first outing for his country in almost a year, Vaughan led England to a Twenty20 loss against Australia on January 9, 2007, despite scoring 27 runs off just 21 balls.

In October, Vaughan agreed to a rolling contract with Yorkshire that would keep him with the team for the rest of his playing days. The agreement wouldn’t go into effect until Vaughan’s primary contract with England expired, though.

World Cup 2007

Despite concerns about his health, Vaughan was named captain and chosen as one of the final 15 players for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean on February 14, 2007. With scores of 45, 1, and 26, he led the team through Group C with victories over Canada and Kenya and a loss to New Zealand.

With the data of 3/39 from 10 overs in England’s final match against the West Indies, Vaughan was the standout bowler.


Through 2009, Vaughan’s performance remained miserable, and he was unable to convince the national team to recall him in time for the West Indies tour. To focus on making it back into the Test team in time for the Ashes, Vaughan withdrew from the IPL sale in January.

However, his efforts proved fruitless, as his poor performance prevented him from being included in the training party for the Ashes Tests. Former England captain and current cricket journalist for The Times Mike Atherton stated that Vaughan was not planning to retire based on the energy at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The direction of Vaughan’s life was not entirely in his control.

Vaughan has a wide range of business activities outside of cricket in addition to broadcasting. Some of these involve fitness and a gym called FITISM, which has locations in Wilmslow and Bakewell. Additionally, Vaughan has a business called Art Balling where he uses cricket balls to paint on walls.

Since his retirement, Vaughan has served as a brand ambassador for a variety of businesses on various occasions. He most recently worked for Charles Tyrwhitt, a menswear manufacturer.

Racism Controversy

On November 4, 2021, Vaughan said that he had been named in a report addressing allegations of institutionalized discrimination at Yorkshire County Cricket Club made by former player Azeem Rafiq. The report was the result of an investigation into racism at the club. He acknowledged that his name is mentioned in the investigation into Rafiq’s accusations of racial harassment, bullying, and discrimination while a student at Yorkshire in his Daily Telegraph column. He rejected it as false.

The BBC confirmed on November 5 that Vaughan won’t host his Radio 5 Live show next week due to the investigation, but that they were still in talks with his team over his future employment with the organization.

Personal Life

He is a straight-gender person. As for his marital status, he is a married man. He tied the knot with Nichola Shannon who is a resident of Northern Ireland. They exchanged vows on September 27, 2003. The couple is the parents of three children whose names are Tallula Grace, Archie Matthew, and Jemima.

Michael Vaughan

Caption: Michael Vaughan with his wife and children
Source: Instagram

Michael Vaughan – Net Worth 2024

This famous England captain and former cricketer has earned a decent amount of money throughout his career. He has a net worth of $5 Million as of April 2023. However, he hasn’t shared his salary and other asset values.

Social Media

Regarding his social media presence, he is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. His Facebook account ‘Michael Vaughan’ has more than 618K followers to date. Likewise, his Instagram account ‘@michaelvaughan’ has gained more than 311K followers and has shared 5,411 posts. Similarly, he joined Twitter in December 2009 and has more than 1.5 million followers on his ‘@MichaelVaughan’ account.

Michael Vaughan – Body Measurements

As a cricketer, Michael Vaughan has a well-maintained fit body personality. He stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches but his weight is unknown. Likewise, there are no details about his dress size, shoe size, waist size, and so on. Looking at his pictures we can assume that he has a pair of dark brown eyes with brown color hair.

Michael Vaughan

Caption: Michael Vaughan posing for a photo
Source: Instagram