HIS omission from the Ashes training squad was the final nail in the coffin for Michael Vaughan’s career at the highest level. But if, as expected, he bows out tomorrow he will finish his playing days with the utmost respect of everyone in the game.<br /><br />Vaughan has had his glory days – and more glorious than most. Just playing in an Ashes series would be a successful career for most players. Leading England to glory on home soil, as he did in 2005, after one of the most memorable series in the history of the great contest, is the stuff of dreams.<br /><br />Was it right to overlook him this time? I think so. Vaughan had to demonstrate with Yorkshire that he was the run-getter he once was, but his form just didn’t pass muster, and you can’t get by on reputation alone.<br /><br />They would never admit it, but Australia would have been happy to see Vaughan facing them this summer. Instead, he looks set to bow out with a fine collection of memories.