Former English All-Rounder announces retirement

On Monday, January 31, England’s all-rounder Tim Bresnan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. In a T20I match against Sri Lanka in 2006, the right-hander made his England debut. In 23 Tests, Bresnan has 575 runs and 72 wickets, while in 85 One-Day Internationals, he has 871 runs and 109 wickets. In addition, in 34 T20Is for England, the all-rounder has 216 runs and 24 wickets.

Bresnan, 36, scored 7,138 first-class runs and took 575 wickets at an average of 30.99 for Yorkshire on the domestic circuit from 2001 to 2019.

The choice to retire from all forms of cricket, according to Bresnan, was a difficult one.

“It’s been a difficult decision, but I believe this is the appropriate time,” he said after returning to winter training. “I’ve worked hard throughout the off-season to prepare for my 21st professional season, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I won’t be able to live up to the lofty expectations I’ve set for myself and my teammates.”

“My passion and enthusiasm for the game I love will never fade away, but my body, while willing to take on the 2022 season, is not. I’ll always be proud of my achievements, and it’s been an amazing privilege to represent Warwickshire, my home county and country.”

Bresnan played 142 times for England, including 23 Tests, and was a member of the 2010-11 and 2013 Ashes-winning groups. He was also a member of the England team that won the World T20 title for the first time in 2010.

In a three-year first-class playing career, he accumulated 7,138 runs and 575 wickets, the majority of which he spent with Yorkshire, helping them win back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.

Bresnan played 198 first-class matches, 279 List A games, and 173 T20 matches for his home county over the course of 19 years. He left in June 2020, citing a desire for a change of scenery and a desire not to obstruct the development of the membership’s talented youngsters, and signed a two-year deal with Warwickshire.

Bresnan’s final season saw the Bears capture both the County Championship and the Bob Willis Trophy. In the winter, he was accused of the Azeem Rafiq racism issue at his previous county, and after apologising for any harm caused to his former teammate, he consented to participate in cultural awareness and appreciation training with other Warwickshire players, coaches, and administration.

“Tim has had an incredible career,” said Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire director of cricket and former England assistant coach under Peter Moores and Trevor Bayliss, as well as a brief stint as second XI coach at Yorkshire.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with him throughout his cricket career, and he’s been a fantastic servant to the game. Tim’s expertise, skills, and attitude impressed me when he first joined Warwickshire, and he has certainly delivered as a County Champion.”

“Knowing when to retire is a difficult decision for any professional athlete, and I know how much time and consideration Tim would have given to this decision.”

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