Michael was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, eighteen years after having last won the trophy.
After the Ashes in 2005, the England cricket team was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award. Vaughan was nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year individual award, but that went to his team-mate, Andrew Flintoff. On 31 December 2005, the entire Ashes-winning England cricket team was awarded the Queen’s New Years’ Honours, with Vaughan, team coach Duncan Fletcher and manager Phil Neale being honoured with OBEs and the rest of the side being awarded MBEs.
Gatting was known for his shrewd captaincy and man-management skills, Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11; England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer under Vaughan, and the pinnacle of his captaincy career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England’s first Ashes victory since 1986/7.
Vaughan was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2003 and became the first cricketer ever to be featured on the cover of the 140th edition of cricket’s Bible Wisden (in the same year) after his excellent batting in 2002.
Despite injury concerns, on 14 February 2007, Vaughan was selected in the final 15 for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, and confirmed as captain. In England’s final game against the West Indies, Vaughan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/39 from 10 overs, and scored a quick-fire 79 off 68 as England achieved a narrow victory with just one wicket and one ball remaining.
In 2009 Vaughan joined Test Match Special as an expert summariser during the England v Australia ODI series. He has also appeared on the Sport Panel Show “Fighting Talk” on BBC Radio 5 Live. Vaughan is also a commentator on Channel Five’s Cricket on Five television highlights package from the 2010 season.
Mike also took part in the 2011 TV series Jamie’s Dream School.
Since 2012 Vaughan has also worked as an interviewer for BBC’s golf coverage.
One of the most respected figures in English cricket history, Michael Vaughan is in demand as a motivational speaker and event host.