Vaughan poised to confirm retirement after Ashes snub

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan looks to have played his last first class match after a press conference was called for tomorrow at which he is widely expected to confirm his retirement.<br /><br />Speculation Vaughan would retire has snowballed since the 34-year-old was left out of England&rsquo;s initial squad for the Ashes last week. The Yorkshire batsman, who masterminded the 2005 victory over Australia, had pinned his hopes on winning a recall for this year&rsquo;s series, which begins in Cardiff next week. But he was overlooked for the 16-man training party and did not even merit a place in the second-string Lions squad, after patchy form for his county. <br /><br />&ldquo;Michael had set his stall on being picked for the Ashes Tests,&rdquo; said Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan. &ldquo;When that didn&rsquo;t happen I think it then opened up a different set of thought processes over what happens next.&rdquo;<br /><br />Vaughan was left out of Yorkshire&rsquo;s squad for yesterday&rsquo;s Twenty20 Cup defeat to Derbyshire over fears the speculation could be a distraction.<br />After resigning as England captain last summer Vaughan vowed to return to Yorkshire to rediscover his form, but scored just 147 runs in seven innings.<br /><br /><strong>SCOREBOARD VAUGHAN&rsquo;S CAREER</strong><br /><strong>TEST CAREER</strong><br />Played 82, Innings 147,&nbsp; Not Out 9, Runs 5,719, Highest score 197, Avg 41.44, Strike rate 51.13, 100s 18, 50s 18, Catches 44<br /><strong>ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS</strong><br />Played 86, Innings 83,&nbsp; Not Out 10, Runs 1,982, Highest score 90, Avg 27.15, Strike rate 68.39, 100s 0, 50s 16, Catches 25<br /><strong>TEST CAPTAINCY</strong><br />Played 51, Won 26, Lost 11, Drawn 14, <br />Win percentage 50.98