Former England captain Michael Vaughan announced his retirement from
all professional cricket with immediate effect here at Edgbaston on
The 34-year-old Yorkshire batsman said the time was right for him to
step aside and allow a new generation of players their chance to shine.
"It's been a hard decision," Vaughan, who as captain led England to
their 2005 Ashes series triumph, told a news conference at Edgbaston
here on Tuesday.
"The decision came two weeks ago at Worcester when I realised there
were younger players around the Yorkshire team, and certainly England,
who need to be given a chance.
BIRMINGHAM, England, Tuesday, AFP