McGrath announces his retirement from all forms of cricket, aged 37.
Anthony McGrath will be remembered fondly by cricket fans, particularly those from Yorkshire, after the 37-year-old decided to retire from all forms of the game.
An injury to his thumb has forced McGrath to hang up his gloves, after a 17-year career.
The all-rounder was most handy with the bat, averaging 37 from 257 first-class appearances. He scored 35 centuries and last year, scored 648 runs to help Yorkshire gain promotion from Division Two of the County Championship.
His performances earned him a call-up to the England side in 2003, making his début against Zimbabwe at Lords. In all he played four Test matches and 14 ODIs – averaging an impressive 43.75 in the one day format.
Unfortunately for McGrath he broke into the national team at a time when Andrew Flintoff occupied the spot as all-rounder and as a result, he didn’t play for England again after 2004.
It is at Yorkshire CCC that he will be most missed; after joining the club as a 12-year-old, McGrath spent his whole career entertaining crowds at Headingley. Despite being forced to retire through injury, McGrath was still upbeat and thankful to his employers.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to represented Yorkshire throughout my professional career,” he told the ECB.
“My last word goes to my team-mates, who I have shared the greatest of times with over the past 20 years.”