Vaughan joins Test Match Special
I am delighted to announce that former England captain Michael Vaughan is joining TMS as an expert summariser and he will make his Test match debut with us during our ball-by-ball coverage of this winter's tour of South Africa.
I'm hoping his introduction to our Test commentary team is less traumatic than his Test debut as a player which also took place also in South Africa 10 years ago when he famously faced his first ball in Test cricket with England 2-4 after Butcher, Atherton, Hussain and Stewart were all dismissed inside three overs as Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald made the most of a damp morning in Johannesburg.
He impressed many that day with a battling 33 and went on to play 82 Test matches for England and enjoyed a spell as the number one ranked batsman in the world.
Vaughan was more than just a fantastic player - he became the most successful England Test captain of all time and who could forget how he helped bring to an end 18 years of hurt with that never-to-be forgotten Ashes success of 2005.
But enough of his record as an international player - what else will Vaughan bring to the TMS box ?
Well, encouragingly during a guest appearance on our coverage of Tuesday's NatWest one-day international at Trent Bridge, Vaughan showed a special interest in some of the culinary delights delivered to the commentary area.
While nibbling on a chocolate brownie, he announced that "my wife is a brilliant cake maker...she's not a professional but she makes cakes for all sorts of people". It was at that moment I knew Michael Vaughan and TMS would be a match made in heaven!
Vaughan with Man Utd stars Gary Neville and Paul Scholes during a Twenty20 game at Old Trafford
Of course, we always knew he could be a really good addition to our team when he hung up his boots. As well as a great tactical thinker, he has always expressed interesting views on the game and we got a flavour of that on Tuesday when he gave his thoughts about Andrew Flintoff's decision to become a freelance cricketer.
Vaughan has always had a really good sense of humour as well. On Tuesday, after expressing surprise that Matt Prior used to have posters of Alec Stewart on his bedroom wall, Michael told us that he was more of a Kylie Minogue man.
I think Vaughan is really going to enjoy getting involved with the TMS listeners. Also during our coverage at Trent Bridge, he set the challenge of working out what were the chances of Andrew Strauss winning nine out of ten tosses against Australia and was very impressed when Bob Drake from Swansea quickly texted in with the answer...512-1 against.
But Vaughan wasn't satisfied and immediately raised the stakes by asking what the chances were of Strauss winning all the seven tosses in the NatWest series, but then losing all the matches. He should not have underestimated TMS listeners as Bob and many others came straight back with the answer and various statistical explanations of how they worked it out.
Who needs Derren Brown when you have Bob Drake from Swansea!
Vaughan will be with Test Match Special not only for the South Africa tour, but also next summer where he'll join our other TMS regulars including Phil Tufnell, Vic Marks and Geoff Boycott.
And you can get another sneak preview today when he will again be joining us on TMS for our commentary on the sixth one-day international, also from Trent Bridge, alongside his former England coach Peter Moores, one of his predecessors as England captain Alec Stewart and former Australia batsman Stuart Law.