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July 22, 2005
Graham Thorpe has announced his retirement from international cricket. It brings an end to a 12-year England career in which he won 100 caps, the last coming against Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street in May.
Thorpe, 35, missed out on a place in England's squad for the first Ashes Test and had already made himself unavailable for the winter tours by signing a contract with New South Wales. He will continue to play for Surrey but wants to be able to spend more time with his family.
"My partner is having a baby in the next couple of weeks and I have decided that I want to concentrate on my family life," he said. "I have enjoyed my time with England and I have wished them every success in this Ashes series. I am proud to have been part of this successful era in English cricket."
David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, paid tribute to Thorpe. He said: "Graham was one of the leading players of his generation and that is reflected by the fact that he has collected 100 caps. You can judge what a feat that is by looking at the list of other players who have reached that number of appearances. He will be remembered as a tenacious batsman who served England with great ability and great pride."
Thorpe made 6744 runs in his career at an average of 44.66 and scored a century on debut against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1993. His highest score of 200 not out came against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2002.
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