Chris Tremlett retires from all forms of cricket

Chris Tremlett retires from all forms of cricket
Chris Tremlett has announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday.
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England pacer Chris Tremlett has announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday through his county club Surrey's official website.

The 33-year-old pacer, whose career had been dogged by injuries in recent times, cited fitness concerns as a major reason behind his decision.

“Wearing the Three Lions was the pinnacle and I enjoyed every minute of the challenge, experience and ultimately the success that the team had while playing for England,” said Tremlett.

“Unfortunately injury has hampered me throughout my career and now plays the leading role in my decision to retire.

“My body, and back in particular, can no longer withstand the vigour of performing at the level required to play professional cricket and after taking specialist advice, this latest injury means that I will not be able to carry on.”

As an England player, Tremlett will be remembered for his famous spells during the Ashes tour in 2010-11 when he was instrumental in his team retaining the urn.

The lanky pacer, who represented England in 12 Tests, reflected with immense joy on his cricketing career that began with a first-class debut way back in 2000.

“After 16 enjoyable years in a game that has given me so much I feel that now is the right moment to call time on my playing career,” Tremlett said.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such a fantast ic and memorable career and lucky enough to play with and against some of the best players in the world.”

Known to be a tenacious character who played with a lot of spunk, Tremlett revealed that fitness issues had made it difficult for him to put his maximum effort during bowling.

“I have always tried to give 100% commitment and effort whenever I have played but no longer feel that this is possible.”

Over a first-class areer comprising 146 matches, Tremlett had a marvelous tally of 459 wickets to his name at an average of 28.66.

Reacting to Tremlett’s retirement, Surrey’s Director of Cricket Alec Stewart was lavish in his praise of the outgoing pacer.

Stewart singled out Tremlett’s extraordinary dedication as the fast bowler’s biggest strength during the latter’s career.

“[Tremlett] has been a valued and popular member of the playing staff throughout his time with us,” said Stewart.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank him for his efforts and contributions both with Surrey and England.”

Tremlett’s last appearance for England was in the first Ashes Test of the 2013-14 series in Brisbane.

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