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Dominic Cork

Dominic Cork, ever the competitor, strikes a pose familiar to all England fans during one of his 37 Tests. He last played for his country in 2002

Former England all-rounder Dominic Cork has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old, who was released by Hampshire this month, took 131 wickets and scored 861 runs in 37 Tests plus claimed 41 wickets and made 180 runs in 32 one-day internationals - the last in 2002 - during a distinguished career.

His ODI debut came in 1992 and his Test bow three years later, taking a Test-best 7-43 against West Indies at Lord’s. That summer he claimed a hat-trick versus the Windies at Old Trafford, but injury and personal problems prevented him holding down a regular England place.

Cork spent over half his career with Derbyshire, whom he made his senior debut for in 1990 and helped win the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup with an unbeaten 93 in the final against Lancashire.

Having been made captain in 1999, the leadership did not work out as he wanted and he bought himself out of his contract to join Lancashire after the 2003 season.

He twice narrowly missed out on silverware with the Red Rose, in the 2006 C&G Trophy final and on the last day of the 2007 County Championship Division One campaign.

He joined Hampshire for 2009 and played a pivotal role in them winning the Friends Provident Trophy that summer. Elevated to captain, he helped the Royals secure the Friends Provident t20 the next year.

Cork led Hampshire to finals day again this season and his last contribution was bowling an oustanding 20th over to force a tie in the semi-final with Somerset, who won the one-over eliminator.

In first-class cricket he finishes with 989 wickets at 26.73 and 10,114 runs at 25.03; in List A he has 382 wickets at 27.75 and 4,184 runs at 20.92; in Twenty20 he ends with 73 wickets at 23.73 and 445 runs at 12.71.

“I’m going to retire from all cricket from now,” Cork told Sky Sports News. “It’s quite an emotional day for me. It’s a hard decision but it’s the right decision for me.
“I’m 40 now, I’m not getting any younger and it’s hard work, but I’ve had a great career.”
Cork admitted his decision was partly motivated by his desire to spend more time with his family, particularly following the recent death of his father.

“There were offers out there, I considered them long and hard and looked at where I wanted to be in my life,” he continued.

“Losing my father a month ago, who was one of my biggest inspirations, makes you think about your life and take stock.

“I want to get back to family life - cricket can make you a selfish person, and it’s time to give it back to people.”

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