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Shah ends first-class career

Owais Shah has retired from first-class cricket in order to focus on the shorter forms of the game.

The elegant right-hander, 34, has spent the last three seasons with Essex after more than a decade at Middlesex.

He boasts 16,357 runs from a first-class career that featured 45 hundreds and six Test outings for England between 2006 and 2009.

Shah has excelled in Twenty20 cricket in recent years, participating in a variety of competitions around the globe, and will continue to be available for limited-overs action.

“I have really enjoyed my Championship cricket career. I started off playing four-day cricket for Middlesex and my main aim was to play for England. I have achieved this but now as time goes on I would rather concentrate on the shorter forms of the game,” said Shah.

“It's time for the young guys at Essex to come through in the first-team squad and it’s important that I don't stand in their way.”

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