His body probably can't take the strain of a Test series anymore.
Big loss for England.
I called this a couple of weeks back, sledger to confirm
Edit - I will be heartbroken, but at the same time I hope he goes out on a high. Love ya Freddie.
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Tbh his body doesn't really work that way. He just can't last 5 days anymore regardless of how much one day cricket he does or does not play.
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I remember in 2001 when Michael Atherton retired during that Ashes series during another hammering at the Oval. A shame that one of our best players had to walk off for one last time in the midst of another dire England performance.
Gutted but not suprised. Favourite English player and one of the true characters and rare talents in the game.
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Don't really get why an announcement was necessary right now, seems a totally unnecessary distraction, leave it until the series is decided.
Shame he'll retire, but a sensible decision.
Probably done it to try and inspire the batsmen to not perform like brain dead gutless tossers. Doubt it'll work, but it's worth a go.
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Bloody hope it doesn't become a drawn out farewell tour like the end of the 06/07 Ashes or Steve Waugh's retirement where the cricket was overshadowed and it was all anyone talked about.
Interesting. He was never a great player but he is good, has heart and his performances from 2004 and 2005 are excellent.
I'm sick of players retiring from Test to play the shorter forms, would rather players retire from the shorter forms to play the Test matches. In some cases, possibly this one, that's just not possible, but for someone like Tendulkar, I really hope he follows that route because it's possible for him.
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