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Michael Vaughan: Time to Declare - My Autobiography Paperback – 30 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919330
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The ultimate insider's story of a turbulent decade of English cricket - as told by the country's most successful captain.

About the Author

Michael Vaughan was born in Manchester in 1974. He began playing professional cricket at the age of seventeen and made his Test debut for England in 1999 and in the following year scored his first Test century against Pakistan. Michael was appointed captain of England in 2003, the same year in which he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year and reached the top of the world rankings. In 2005, Michael captained the team that reclaimed the Ashes in an historic series against Australia and was awarded the OBE. His final total of twenty-six wins makes him the most successful Test captain of all time. Michael Vaughan resigned from the captaincy in 2008 and in June 2009 he retired from all cricket. Michael lives with his wife and two children in Derbyshire.


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Michael Vaughn is England's most successful cricket captain and though that probably reflects the increased pace of international cricket more than anything else, it is an achievement for which he demands enormous respect. This book chronicles his journey and is a readable account (the one-star reviewer has not read that many sports books if he thinks this is turgid.)

I bought it after the book received a very positive review in the Wisden Cricketers Monthly, which majored on Vaughn's honesty. In places in this book - as he details his mental disintegration in the England spotlight, that is certainly true. In other areas - like his disingenuous explanation of his appearances down under at the time of the 2006 whitewash (which I didn't buy) and his comments on the 'Fredalo' incident (when he admits obsfucating after speaking to a journalist), less so.

The book is at its best in describing the heady days of 2005. Up to that point, it had been a healthy jog through his early career with very little revealed about his personality off the cricket field. As he becomes increasingly paranoid during the latter stages of his captaincy, the book becomes a bit of a slog (not in the cricket sense), as it is not pleasant to read of someone's anguish doing what he describes as 'the best job in the world.'

Vaughn is fiercely - and commendably - loyal to Duncan Fletcher; tactful, but far from uncritical of Flintoff and takes Nasser Hussain to task for being a grump (but Nass can hardly complain about that.
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I enjoyed this book - with Michael Vaughan's humour, honesty and integrity welll to the fore. I also read his book on the 2005 Ashes triumph but understand why England won that epic series now more than ever; they had character. Not just characters, such as Pieterson and Flintoff but men carved out of English oak, like the immense Ashley Giles. I also found it refreshing to read Mr Vaughan's less than enthusiastic views on modern management - especially from the Peter Moores school. As someone who has had similar problems with these clipboard types - although in the civil service and not on the cricket field - I can sympathise with Vaughan. My only complaint with the book is that it was ghosted. How I wish, just for once, that these famous sports people could write the book themselves.
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Michael Vaughan will always be remembered as the Captain that won the Ashes back for England. A fine batsman and a captain with a very good record and average score but sadly this book does not really do him justice.

I found the writing style to be very dull and it was hard work to even finish. I am a fan of both Michael and of Cricket so goodness knows what someone with only a passing interest would have made of this.

Sadly I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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Michael Vaughan played his cricket with honesty and integrity and he has written a book with the same characteristics. His comments on former colleagues at both county and Test level are particularly illuminating and although this is par for the course with cricket autobiographies as an avid Yorkshire county cricket fan I enjoyed reading his views on personalities such as Close, Illingworth and Boycott, A good read for all cricket fans irrespective of allegiance.
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A really good insight into the pressures of combining captaincy with continued performance at the highest level. Written with a lot of thought and a great deal of frankness about himself and others. At the same time it is a really good and entertaining read and has the 'what's going to happen next?' quality that good books need. Highly recommended and not just to cricket lovers ( told you I was a Vaughany acolyte)
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An excellent read. Painfully honest at times, but a very real insight into the mindset of a born winner. I am a big cricket fan and I believe Michael vaughan is the best England cricket captain we have had for many years. Sure he is self depracating and sure he is vain, but he is also a cricketing genius. He operates at a very high level and takes the responsibility of captaincy very seriously, and rightly so. Under his leadership in 2005 England triumphed over one of the greatest sides ever produced; Australia. Michael vaughan is a national treasure, and this book bears testimony to that. A great book, highly recomended.
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Written in an interesting way without too much reliance on detailed match descriptions and statistics.Follows career development from local beginnings to Ashes giory while bringing out both the joys of sporting sucess and the strain of sporting leadership especially when things are not going so well and injury problems arise.
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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2010
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Michael Vaughan's autobiography is rather like his cricketing career. Plenty of dour substance, occasional flashes of brilliance, major weaknesses and a feeling of promise unfulfilled. This may seem harsh on the man who led England to an Ashes victory in 2005 but, set in context, the conclusion is painfully obvious. Vaughan was the best choice from a generation of poor cricketing talent. As captain he was similar to Mike Brearley whose place in the Test side was ultimately not based on his underwhelming batting average but his ability to get the best out of temperamental cricketers.

Vaughan's ancestry included J T and Ernest Tyldesley, legends of Lancashire cricket. He was born in Lancashire but moved to Yorkshire aged eight when his father was offered a job in Sheffield. It was fortunate for him - and unfortunate for Lancashire and Northants - that Yorkshire changed their strict qualification rules at about the time Doug Padgett noticed Vaughan's talent. Born with an inherited toe disease Vaughan, a sports mad youngster, attributes his injuries in later life to his inability to walk properly. Unfortunately, this highlights a weakness throughout British sport of placing performance above movement.

Vaughan was a typical teenager with a less than enthusiastic attitude to study and an over-enthusiastic attitude for acting the goat. He was a natural athlete but, by his own admission, "only became really professional when I got to about 25". Until then cricket had been a paid hobby with occasional "old school" dressing downs to remind him of his wider responsibilities. Failure is an integral part of success, the more so when others rate your ability higher than you do yourself. Once he realised that salient fact Vaughan's performances started catching up with his potential.
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