In India, they say that the two most demanding (and most powerful) jobs belong to the Prime Minister and the captain of the cricket team. I don’t think it’s the same in England (not least because football rules the roost there), but Michael Vaughan’s resignation is nevertheless a huge (and kind of shattering) event.
Andrew Miller gives Vaughan the best send-off I’ve read here, and I’ve included a video of his announcement below. For my own part, let me say that I’ve had a hard time adjusting to the new England; like most people, I still long for the reunion of the Fab Four (Harmison, Hoggard, Jones, Flintoff) and simply a replay of that incredible 2005 Ashes series. But we know now — hell, we’ve known it since Nagpur, 2006 — that it just won’t happen. Still, Vaughan deserves much respect, since he is, I think, the only captain since 2005 to have wrested a series from the Australians. That’s something no one else, not even current reigning star Graeme Smith, has managed to do.