Fletcher - Vaughan right to quit

Former England coach salutes Yorkshire batsman

Last Updated: 29/06/09 9:22am

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Tribute: Vaughan (left) and Fletcher

Tribute: Vaughan (left) and Fletcher

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Duncan Fletcher believes Michael Vaughan is making the correct decision by retiring from all cricket.

"Cricket, and not just English cricket, will miss him."
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Vaughan, 34, is expected to announce he is hanging up his bat in all forms of the game at a press conference at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Former England coach Fletcher, who gave the Yorkshireman his Test debut in 1999 before making him captain in 2003, paid tribute.

"Vaughan was a classy batsman, but he became a marvellous captain and a good friend," Fletcher told The Guardian. "English cricket can be very proud of him.

"The public saw one side only: a batsman who could cover drive and pull like a dream, and a tactically astute leader who brought the best out of his players.

"What they didn't see was the gutsy fighter who could score 177 with a busted knee, as he did in Adelaide in 2002-03, or the burning desire which once made him furious with me when I told him he couldn't play in a one-dayer at Bristol against the Aussies because of a serious finger injury."

Fletcher added: "It's sad that he's going to announce his retirement, but reluctantly I have to say he's made the right decision.

"Cricket, and not just English cricket, will miss him."

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