County news August 4, 2004

Hollioake forced to quit Championship

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Adam Hollioake: forced to stand down from the four-day game © Getty Images

Adam Hollioake, the former England allrounder, has been forced to stop playing four-day Championship cricket because of an ankle injury.

Hollioake, 32, had already announced that he was to quit all forms of the game at the end of this season, and he will now play in only the National League games, and the Twenty20 Cup finals day this Saturday at Edgbaston.

His ankle problem had been affecting him for the majority of the season, and he had been having cortisone injections on the injury for the last six weeks. However, to help relieve the pain, he won't play in any more Championship games this season, with his last four-day game for the club being the six-wicket defeat at Northants last week.

Hollioake, who was born in Melbourne, played four Tests and 35 one-dayers for England, captaining the one-day side 14 times between 1997 and 1999. He explained at the end of last season that he wanted to devote more time to other things, particularly charity work for the Ben Hollioake Fund and his own business interests in Perth.