Sussex seamer James Kirtley has decided to retire from first-class cricket at the end of the 2010 season, bringing to an end a 15-year playing association with Sussex, for whom he made his debut in 1995.
Kirtley, 35, joins Robin Martin-Jenkins in bowing out at the end of the year and depending on Sussex's progress in the Clydesdale Bank 40, his last match could be a home game against Surrey at Hove on 4th September.
In addition to representing Sussex almost 500 times, Kirtley played four Tests, 11 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International for England between 2001 and 2007, when he was called up for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.
He made his Test debut against South Africa in 2003, bowling England to victory by taking six for 34, although he struggled to maintain that initial performance at the highest level.
“The dedication and sacrifices James Kirtley has made for his career have been a constant source of inspiration and an example to any player who has been fortunate enough to have played alongside him," Mark Robinson, Sussex Professional Cricket Manager said.
"For many years he has led both our one-day and four-day attack and will go down as one of the all-time greats of Sussex cricket.”
Kirtley added, “Playing for Sussex CCC has been an amazing 16 years of my life and to be a part of such a successful team has been an absolute privilege. Whilst calling it a day has been very difficult I will look back on this chapter with many happy memories and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
“I'd like to thank all the supporters, sponsors, the club and all the players for their help and support throughout my career. Sussex CCC is truly a very special place. I hope it continues to be successful both on and off the pitch for many more years."
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