Thorpe Calls Time On England

Graham Thorpe has called time on his international cricket career after a 12-year stint which saw him win exactly 100 caps, the last coming against Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street in May.

Thorpe now 35 missed out on a place in England’s squad for the first Ashes Test after the selectors decided to opt for the young talent rather than going with the experience.

Thorpe though will continue to play for Surrey for the time being and will undertake his new coaching role in Australia with New South Wales in the winter.

On announcing his retirement from the international scene Thorpe said “My partner is having a baby in the next couple of weeks and I have decided that I want to concentrate on my family life, I have enjoyed my time with England and I have wished them every success in this Ashes series. I am proud to have been part of this successful era in English cricket.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, paid tribute to Thorpe. He said: “Graham was one of the leading players of his generation and that is reflected by the fact that he has collected 100 caps. You can judge what a feat that is by looking at the list of other players who have reached that number of appearances. He will be remembered as a tenacious batsman who served England with great ability and great pride.

Thorpe made 6744 runs in his career at an average of 44.66, which started, on such a high note when he scored a century on debut against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1993.

His highest score of 200 not out came against New Zealand in a memorable match at Christchurch in 2002.

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