Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Michael Vaughan

He won the Ashes, but can he jive? Before you find out, here's everything you need to know about the England cricket legend

Name: Michael Vaughan 


Age: 37

Twitter: @VaughanCricket

Famous for: England cricket captain who won the Ashes in 2005

Bio: Michael Vaughan was England cricket captain for five years, and a top international cricketer for nine. He was briefly ranked as the world’s best batsman, and scored 5,719 runs at an average of 41.44.

But Vaughan is a cricketing immortal in the eyes of England fans for one reason: in 2005, his side beat Australia to win the Ashes for the first time in nearly 20 years. 

The series was one of the greatest ever – unless you’re Australian – and Vaughan’s captaincy was at the heart of it. He’s shrewd, analytical and unbelievably calm under pressure: qualities that might come in handy on the dancefloor, although his relative lack of physical dynamism might be a bigger minus.

He certainly has a sensitive side, though: in 2008 at the press conference announcing his resignation as England skipper, he surprised everyone including himself by breaking down into floods of tears.

Since leaving competitive sport in 2009, Vaughan has worked as a journalist and commentator, joining the BBC teams for golf and the Olympics as well as cricket.

Here’s some of that 2005 magic again…