Ramprakash calls it quits

Batsman scored 114 first-class centuries but struggled in Tests

Last Updated: 09/07/12 11:41am

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Surrey and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has retired from cricket.

Mark Ramprakash factfile

1969: Born at Bushey, Hertfordshire
1987: Makes Middlesex debut
1989: Scores maiden first-class century
1991: Makes Test debut in England's home series against West Indies
1998: Scores maiden Test century, 154, against West Indies at Bridgetown
2001: Moves to Surrey. Scores first Test century in England, 133 against Australia at The Oval
2002: Wins last of his 52 Test caps during tour of New Zealand
2003: Century against former club Middlesex makes him the first player to have scored a ton against all 18 first-class counties
2006: Scores 2,278 first-class runs, including a career-best 301 not out, and averages more than 100 during his 20th county season. Achieves more fame as winner of TV show Strictly Come Dancing
2007: Scores 2,026 runs at 101.3 to become first batsman to average more than 100 in consecutive English seasons.
2008: August 2 - Scores 100th first-class century against Yorkshire at Headingley
2011: Scores the 114th and final first-class 100 of his career but fails to reach 1,000 first-class runs in an English season for the first time since 1998
2012: Announces his retirement from first-class cricket

Ramprakash, scorer of 114 first-class hundreds, played in 52 Test matches and 18 one-day internationals.

He has decided to call time on 25-year career which began with Middlesex and has concluded at Surrey following his switch across London 11 years ago.

"I'd like to formally announce my retirement from first-class cricket. I'd like to express how lucky I feel to have had such a long career," said Ramprakash.

The 42-year-old, whose contract was due to expire in September, was dropped by Surrey for the first time as he struggled for his best form at the start of this season.

He has scored 35,659 runs in 461 first-class matches since his county debut in 1987, and more than 13,000 in limited-overs cricket.

Testing times

Ramprakash never managed to carry his prolific domestic run-making into international cricket, averaging only 27.32 in Tests - little more than half his productivity in county cricket - with two centuries and a career-best 154 against West Indies in Bridgetown.

His other century came against Australia at The Oval in 2002.

"I've been asked about regrets in my England career many times, but you do the best you can," he said.

"I couldn't have trained any harder an did the best I could at that time. I went through many ups and downs, but did have some highlights."

In county colours, he topped 1,000 runs in 20 separate seasons and three times made more than 2,000 - in 1995, 2006 and 2007.

An unbeaten 301, for Surrey against Northamptonshire at The Oval in 2006, was his first-class career-best.

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