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On This Day: Michael Vaughan steps down as England's ODI captain

On This Day: Michael Vaughan steps down as England's ODI captain
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Michael Vaughan won 32 and lost 22 in his 60 matches at the helm.

Michael Vaughan stepped down as captain of England's one-day side on this day in 2007.

The announcement ended speculation about his future after a poor World Cup earlier that year.

Vaughan's suitability to lead the team building towards the next World Cup in 2011 came under increasing scrutiny after his failure to score a century in 86 one-day international appearances.

He was never able to distinguish himself as a limited-overs batsman, averaging a mediocre 27.15, with a top ODI score of 90 not out.

Michael Vaughan was unable to establish himself as a consistent run-scorer in ODI cricket
Michael Vaughan was unable to establish himself as a consistent run-scorer in ODI cricket (Gareth Fuller/PA).

Despite previously insisting he did not think different captains for England's Test and one-day sides was the way forward, Vaughan announced he felt the time was right for him to step down from the post he had held since 2003.

"Since our disappointing performances in the World Cup, I have been giving careful consideration as to what is the best way forward for the England one-day team and my own role within the side," said Vaughan in a statement.

"I reached this decision some time ago, but I did not want to announce it until after the end of this Test series (against the West Indies) to avoid it becoming a distraction to the team. However, due to intense speculation in the media about my future, I feel it is important to make my intentions clear now.

"Our priority is to build a one-day squad able to compete strongly at the next World Cup and I firmly believe that the interests of the team will be best served if I step down and allow another player to gain additional experience of captaincy in the one-day international arena.

Cricket – England practice – Napier
Paul Collingwood (left) would later replace Michael Vaughan as captain (Rebecca Naden/PA)

"I am committed to continuing as England's Test captain for as long as I can be successful in the role. I enjoy the job and I also believe that I will be able to form a strong working relationship with whoever is appointed to the one-day captaincy.

"I will continue to play one-day cricket for Yorkshire and it is not my intention to retire from one-day international cricket as a player. I do, however, fully appreciate that the new captain will need a period of time to establish his own authority over the team."

Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood was later chosen as Vaughan's replacement.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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