Steven Finn retires from professional cricket

On Monday, August 14, England fast bowler Steven Finn announced his retirement from the game of cricket. Finn missed more than a year of red-ball cricket due to a knee injury he sustained. 

In a statement, Finn stated, “Today I am retiring from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.” “For the past 12 months, I have been at war with my body, and I have conceded defeat. I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have been able to pursue cricket as a career since I made my Middlesex debut in 2005. Even though the voyage wasn’t always easy, I still enjoyed it.

“To have played 125 games, including 36 tests, for England has well above my wildest dreams. I leave this world with some incredible experiences in England, Middlesex, and Sussex that I shared with wonderful people. Those will always be a part of me.

Finn made his Middlesex first-class debut in 2005. He was drafted into the national team and played his maiden Test against Bangladesh in 2010. The following year, he made his ODI debut. In 36 Test matches, he recorded 125 wickets and three Ashes victories. He competed in the 2015 World Cup and took 102 wickets in just 69 ODI matches.

Finn, who spent the majority of his playing career with Middlesex, joined Sussex in 2022 and competed in 19 games before suffering an injury. In a One-Day Cup match against Durham earlier this month, he did attempt a comeback, but he was forced to leave the pitch after only four overs. The 34-year-old went on to play in 21 T20Is, but in 2017’s 50-over format, right before the Champions Trophy, he made his final appearance in the national colors.

Paul Farbrace, the head coach of Sussex, said, “I have had the real pleasure of watching him develop from a young bowler on the pathway to being a three-time Ashes winner.” “Steven has been a great role model, a top professional, and above all, a fantastic guy in our little time together here at Hove.

“I’m sure he will reflect on his enormous contribution to the game and look back on his career with great satisfaction over the coming weeks and months. The fact that he can’t continue his profession after working so hard to regain his full health at this time is causing enormous disappointment.

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