Telegraph hires Ashes-winner Vaughan

Michael Vaughan, the Ashes-winning captain, is joining the Telegraph as a cricket columnist.

Today’s announcement will fuel speculation that Vaughan, despite being on a central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board, may soon retire as a player to concentrate on a media career. He has already been linked to work with Sky Sports, a common route for former England cricket captains.

Vaughan, who stood down after five years as England Test captain in August, will write columns for the Sunday and the Daily Telegraph.

He will also contribute player profiles, batting tips and memories of his captaincy during England’s 2005 Ashes victory to the TV.

“Michael Vaughan will be a real asset to our cricket coverage. His experience of captaining the England cricket team and being one of the best batsman in the world puts him in a remarkably strong position to comment on cricket,” said Mark Skipworth, the executive sport editor for Telegraph Media Group.

The Telegraph today also confirmed that Kevin Garside is to become chief sports writer, as was reported here in April. He will be working for both newspapers and

Garside’s F1 coverage won him the 2007 Specialist Correspondent prize at the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.

In addition, Kate Laven, another SJA member, has been promoted to become sailing correspondent and Peter Bainbridge has been promoted to the post of deputy head of sport production.

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