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England batsman Ramprakash quits

July 05, 2012 23:25 IST

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash, widely regarded as one of the most gifted stroke players of his generation, has retired from all forms of cricket.

The 42-year-old, who last played for his country in 2002, featured in 52 Tests. He scored 2,350 runs at an average of 27.32, with two hundreds representing a poor return for a batsman of his class and talent.

Ramprakash scored 114 centuries in 461 first-class matches for Middlesex and Surrey.

Mark RamprakashHe said he decided to retire when Surrey told him he was longer in their future plans.

"I had a tough start to this season but I continued to try and remain fit and wanted to play," Ramprakash told a news conference at The Oval on Thursday.

"However last week I was informed I was not in Surrey's selection plans and therefore I felt the time was right to step aside."

Ramprakash is expected to pursue a career in the media but also expressed an interest in coaching junior cricketers.

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