Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pattinson Row Was Final Straw for Michael; It's over and Out: A Dire Week Saw Michael Vaughan Trudge off after Another Poor Display ( Left) and Quit in an Emotional Press Conference ( Far Left). It Was All a Far Cry from the Team's Ashes Heroics of ... ( Below)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pattinson Row Was Final Straw for Michael; It's over and Out: A Dire Week Saw Michael Vaughan Trudge off after Another Poor Display ( Left) and Quit in an Emotional Press Conference ( Far Left). It Was All a Far Cry from the Team's Ashes Heroics of ... ( Below)

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Byline: JONATHAN AGNEW

TO GAUGE just how much Michael Vaughan both loved and cherished being England captain, all you needed to do was witness his resignation statement. Racked with emotion and choking back tears, it was heart rending and by the end we were all willing him to get through it. My word, it hurt him.

It also said a lot about the way he ran his team.

It was a family perhaps too cosy and close knit for some and Michael had the great skill of being a player's captain. He would party as hard as any of them after a win and offer great support in defeat. Some captains are deliberately aloof and distant, but they rarely command the same level of respect.

What did surprise me was his revelation that he had been considering his position since England's tour of New Zealand five months ago.

England won that series having come back from 1-0 down, exhibiting exactly the tough, battling cricketing character that Vaughan admires, and the quality he always demanded of his team.

England had also ventured in a new direction on that trip, dropping Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard to give youth a chance..

Again, Michael appeared to relish that challenge, and the team remained unchanged for six Tests.

But the wheels have come spinning off since then. In just two games, England have gone from that record selectorial run to losing both captains. We can expect further fall-out when the squad for the final Test of the summer is announced today.

So far as Vaughan was concerned, a pivotal moment appears to have come at Headingley where the selectors suddenly produced Darren Pattinson from nowhere, and the captain felt he had little choice but to play him. This went against many of Vaughan's core values, particularly the question of Pattinson's 'Englishness' and the disruption his inclusion caused to his closely bonded team. Vaughan spoke out afterwards in protest, and quickly found himself in hot water with the selectors. I suspect that was the moment he really knew the time had come.

Vaughan realised then his power base had all but dwindled away from those heady days of 2005. …

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