Vaughan: I didn't merit an Ashes call

MICHAEL VAUGHAN, England&rsquo;s most successful Test captain of all time, admitted he did not deserve to be selected for this year&rsquo;s Ashes, after confirming his retirement from the game yesterday.<br /><br />The Yorkshire batsman, who led the country to glory against Australia in 2005, had pinned his hopes on earning a recall to the side in time for the series, which starts next week.<br /><br />But he was omitted from the 16-man training squad last week after a modest return of 147 runs from seven county championship innings, and conceded that national selectors had acted fairly.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have not played well enough,&rdquo; Vaughan said. &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t had the rhythm or form to be picked for an Ashes squad. It has to be best 16 players and I am not one of those.<br /><br />&ldquo;Two weeks ago, I was in the garden with my little lad Archie. He bowled a ball that hit a weed and knocked my off stump out of the ground. When a three-year-old&rsquo;s bowling you out, it&rsquo;s time to move over.&rdquo;<br /><br />Vaughan said he had decided to call time on his career before his Ashes snub.<br /><br />He added: &ldquo;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 to move the game forward.&rdquo;<br /><br />Vaughan will be best remembered for masterminding the 2005 Ashes triumph, which saw them reclaim the urn on home soil after 18 years.<br /><br />And the 34-year-old believes his former team-mates have every chance of recording another famous win.<br /><br />Vaughan said: &ldquo;I know they have the drive, ambition and abilities to repeat the success from 2005.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>STAT ATTACK </strong>MICHAEL VAUGHAN<br />&9679; In 2002, Vaughan smashed 1,481 Test runs with an average of 61.7, including six centuries. It was a record total by an England batsman and second only to Viv Richards<br />&nbsp;<br />&9679; Under Vaughan's captaincy in 2004, England won eight successive Test matches &ndash; a run which saw them rise from bottom in the world rankings to second, eventually culminating in the Ashes success in 2005.<br /><br />&9679; Vaughan enjoyed 26 victories from 51 Tests as captain earning him the acclaim as England's most successful captain. His win percentage of 51% compares favourably to Peter May&rsquo;s 49%, Nasser Hussain&rsquo;s 38% and Michael Atherton&rsquo;s 24%.