Nottinghamshire batsman Ali Brown has confirmed he will be retiring from professional cricket at the end of the 2011 county season.
He is bringing down the curtain on a career that has seen him score 16,898 first-class runs with Surrey and Nottinghamshire, to whom he moved in 2009.
He has won the County Championship with both Surrey and Nottinghamshire and has scored first-class centuries against every county except Surrey since making his debut in 1992.
He represented England in 16 One-Day Internationals and has scored two ODI double-centuries including the current world record of 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002 and is the only man to achieve the feat twice.
Paying tribute to Brown, Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: "I knew that we were signing a quality player when Ali Brown became available and although it was clear that he was in the twilight of his career, he has made a big contribution here and will be remembered for his efforts in helping to win the Championship last season," said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
"He has an awful lot to offer to the game and I’m sure his coaching ambitions will benefit from the perspectives he has gained throughout his career."
Brown added: "I always believed that the day my age exceeds my batting average it would be time to consider calling time on my career.
"I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends at Trent Bridge and The Oval. I’ve had a very enjoyable career at two great clubs and I’ve managed to win Championships at both of them which is something I could only dreamed of when I started my career.
"I’m available for all selection until the end of the season and hopefully I will have an opportunity to turn out for one final match at Trent Bridge."
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