Captanincy took a toll on me: Michael Vaughan

April 7th, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 7 (IANS) Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said the demands of the captaincy have taken a toll on his performance.
Vaughan said he could not raise his game since leaving the captaincy because he could not move on and reflected on his decision to quit the captaincy.

Vaughan led England in 51 Tests, including the victorious Ashes series against Australia in 2005, but resigned last summer after the series against South Africa.

“I wasn’t very good at switching off,” Vaughan wrote in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2009.

“I thought about the captaincy 24/7 and that is why it took its toll. There is always going to be some negative stuff, like whether you are going to tour Zimbabwe or not, and how you cope determines how long you can captain for.

“Even in my year out with a knee injury I was still thinking about how to make us a great team. Even when playing golf, after two or three holes I’d get back to strategies for beating Australia and what sort of cricket we had to play.”

Vaughan, who hopes to return to the England team to face Australia this summer, conceded that he suffered self-doubt during the final period of his captaincy.

“For three-quarters of my time I didn’t worry about my decision-making. Towards the end, especially in my last series in charge against South Africa, I started to question myself - and in sport, the more you start to think, the more you have a problem. I didn’t want to go on as captain for a year too long.”

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