In 2005, Michael Vaughan marked his place in English sporting history by becoming the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87. He was the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87. With his ability to treat triumph and disaster just the same, Vaughan faced up to his first ball in Test cricket with England four wickets down for two runs on a damp flyer at Johannesburg in 1999-2000. Marked his place well, Vaughan prospered magnificently. He became the first visiting batsman for 32 years to top 600 runs. He was appointed captain of England's one-day side in time for the 2003 home season, and inherited the Test captaincy. He once more proved his mettle by routing West Indies on their home soil, the first time in three decades an England team had achieved such a feat.