Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has announced his retirement from cricket.
Ramprakash, 42, has scored 35,659 first-class runs including an astonishing 114 centuries.
Ramprakash made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1991 playing for England in 52 Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals until 2002.
His highest International score of 154 came in Barbados in 1997 and he will also be remembered for his superb 131 against Australia at The Oval in 2001.
However, it was in the domestic game that Ramprakash proved himself to be one of the most special players for many generations. He played his first match for Middlesex aged just 17 and went on play 211 times for the north London club scoring 15,046 runs at 50.48.
Speaking today, Mark Ramprakash said, “It has been a huge privilege and honour to represent Surrey CCC for the last 12 seasons.
“It has been a very enjoyable period of my life and I would like to thank all staff, coaches, team mates and fans for their tremendous support.
“I feel lucky to have had a long playing career and I would like to think that I can give something back to the game. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.”
Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club added: “Mark Ramprakash is one of the greatest batsmen to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him at our club for the last eleven years has been an extraordinary honour.
“Both on and off the field he had class, grace and eloquence and it is a testament to his incredible commitment and work ethic that he was able to continue his career as long as he did.
“The retirement of Mark Ramprakash marks the end of era for both our club and the game of cricket and – on behalf of everybody involved in our sport – I would like to wish him the very best in whatever the future holds.”