Michael Vaughan: Time to Declare - My Autobiography Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Excellent, fast transaction. Book was as described. Very satisfied customer, thank you.Published 5 months ago by S. B. Sharp
A very good insight into the intricacies of being the England captainPublished 14 months ago by m c colgan