Tuesday 19 August 2014 

Jim Troughton Forced To Retire

Jim Troughton talks to the press
Jim Troughton has announced his retirement
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Warwickshire club captain and former England international batsman Jim Troughton has been forced to retire from professional cricket due to injury.

Troughton played six One-Day Internationals for England in 2003, just two years after making his first-class debut for Warwickshire.

A one-club man, Troughton was awarded his county cap in 2002, named club captain in 2011 and led the Bears to the County Championship title in 2012.

He was also part of the squad that won the Benson & Hedges Cup in 2002, the County Championship in 2004 and the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2010.

"After what has been difficult 14 months dealing with back problems, I am devastated to have to concede that my playing days are over," he said.

"I simply am no longer able to do myself justice and after much deliberation and consultation with the Club’s medical team, my surgeon, family and close friends, I have to accept that I can no longer train and perform to the level required to fulfil my duties as a first-class cricketer and club captain.

"Warwickshire has been my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with such a fantastic club. I have been lucky to have played alongside so many amazing players and coaches, who I will regard as friends for life. Captaining Warwickshire has been the proudest achievement of my career.

"I know that I will now have to step back from, what is a very talented and motivated group of players but I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and for the future. Come on you Bears."

The 35-year-old was born in London but played age-group cricket for Warwickshire, starting in the Under 11s before eventually progressing into the senior squads, playing more than 300 times for the Edgbaston-based side.

"Jim has been a model professional, having won multiple trophies, leading the club to a County Championship title and setting outstanding standards, on and off the field, for young cricketers to follow," Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire, added.

"Whilst we’re very sad that he has to retire in this way, all members of the playing and coaching team are very proud at what he has achieved in the professional game.

"It has been a pleasure to work and play alongside him and as a Championship winning skipper he will always have a special place in the history of the Club."

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