Thumb injury forces Yorkshire batsman Anthony McGrath to retire
Yorkshire batsman Anthony McGrath has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
Last Updated: 19/02/13 4:20pm
The 37-year-old, who made his debut in 1995 and played more than 500 games for the county, sustained a thumb injury last season and it is that problem that has forced his decision.
McGrath, who was born in Bradford, scored 35 centuries in first-class cricket including a highest score of 211 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2009 and represented England in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals.
He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to have represented Yorkshire throughout my professional career.
"I have been involved with this great club every summer since I was 12 and it is going to be difficult not having the opportunity to play again.
"I would like to thank the club, the Members and the all the coaches for their help throughout my career. Above all else, my last word goes to my team-mates, who I have shared the greatest of times with over the past 20 years. I have met some great people that have become my closest of friends."
Current captain Andrew Gale added: "He will be missed by everyone connected with the team and we wish him every success in his future career.
"I learned a great deal from playing alongside Mags. He was a great player, who had the ability to score important innings at crucial times in matches.
"The biggest thing I will miss will be his presence in the dressing room. He was a great pro, who had an infectious personality that always brought the best out of the other players in the team."
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, added: "Anthony McGrath has been a great servant to Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
"It has been a privilege to play with and coach Anthony. He has given every ounce of blood, sweat and tears to the county and his role within the dressing room will be sadly missed.
"He is the perfect role model for any aspiring junior wanting to be the best they can be. The way he inspires those around him is his distinct quality.
"I would like to wish him well in the future and hope that he will continue his connection to the club through his coach education qualifications and programme."