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Wed Apr 23 08:46:18 SAST 2014

Former England batsman Ramprakash quits

Reuters | 06 July, 2012 08:150 Comments
Mark Ramprakash of Surrey walks off the field after being dismissed during the LV County Championship Division One match between Sussex and Surrey at Horsham on June 6, 2012 in Horsham, England
Image by: Harry Engels / Getty Images

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash, widely regarded as one of the most gifted stroke players of his generation, has retired from all forms of cricket.

The 42-year-old, who last played for his country in 2002, featured in 52 tests. He scored 2350 runs at an average of 27,32, with two hundreds representing a poor return for a batsman of his class and talent.

Ramprakash scored 114 centuries in 461 first-class matches for Middlesex and Surrey.

He said he decided to retire when Surrey told him he was longer in their future plans.

“I had a tough start to this season but I continued to try and remain fit and wanted to play,” Ramprakash told a news conference at The Oval on Thursday.

“However last week I was informed I was not in Surrey’s selection plans and therefore I felt the time was right to step aside.”

Ramprakash is expected to pursue a career in the media but also expressed an interest in coaching junior cricketers.

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