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Michael Vaughan

Honorary Doctorate - 2006

In 2005 England cricket captain Michael Vaughan led his team to their first Ashes victory in 18 years. It was an impressive addition to a number of unique and defining moments for Michael, who lives in Sheffield.

In 2002 he was named the world's most outstanding batsman and, in honour of his outstanding achievement, the cricketing almanac Wisden broke with tradition and changed their front cover for the first time, using a picture of Michael rather than the usual historic engraving.

In 2004 he led his country through a whole year when they were undefeated in Test matches. His leadership and encouragement has also brought several new players into the international arena.

Off the field, Michael is patron of Sheffield Children's Hospital and works on a number of other charity projects involving children and sport. This is his benefit year at Yorkshire and he is donating a large proportion raised on his behalf to the Children's Hospital.

Michael was awarded Freedom of the City of Sheffield following the Ashes win.

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