England news September 22, 2011

Dominic Cork announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former England allrounder and county veteran Dominic Cork has announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect. Cork, 40, had left Hampshire at the end of the 2011 season, and his retirement brings to an end a 21-year professional career.

Always one for the big stage, Cork chose to make the announcement himself live on Sky Sports News. "I'm going to retire from all cricket from now," he said. "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."

It seemed retirement might be looming when Hampshire decided not to renew Cork's contract for the 2012 campaign, but there had been talk that more than one second division county was interested in signing him. Ultimately, Cork decided that the time was right for him to go, however, and suggested that his decision was partly motivated by a 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. 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."

Cork finishes with 10,114 runs and 989 wickets in first-class cricket, while he also enjoyed some notable successes in limited-overs cricket during his three-year stay at the Rose Bowl, winning the domestic 50-over competition in 2009 and the Friends Provident Twenty20 in 2010. Cork played 32 ODIs and 37 Tests for England between 1992 and 2002 and on the biggest stage in England, at Lord's, Cork took his best Test bowling figures of 7 for 43 in 1995, and played his most famous innings, in 2000, on both occasions against West Indies.

He had been Hampshire's captain since midway through the 2010 season, having begun his first-class career in 1990 and had a long stint with Derbyshire, where he was also captain, before joining Lancashire, until the move to Hampshire in 2009.

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  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    great great cricker. corky best wishes on what ever u do..but love to see u withing the game. pls become a sri lankan coach we neededsomeone like u.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    In a way it's good he's decided this, rather than try and go on too long. Great player in his prime, and still a handful in his "elder" years. I remember watching his hat trick against the Windies on TV, back in 1995,

  • ian on September 22, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Corky - always value for money! What more could be a better testimonial for a cricketer who always tried his darndest. Should have played for England more often. Have a good rest, but don't go far - cricket needs your enthusiasm and the skills you can pass on. It was never boring when you were out there, Corky. Thank you.

  • Andy on September 22, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    I actually met Corky last year. He was busy on his phone, and yet still shook my hand and said hello! A good cricketer and a top lad - well played Dom!!

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Corky thoroughly deserved 1,000 wickets - unfortunately wasn't to be :( His career was a fine one, certainly one of the best all-rounders England has produced. Wish him well in whatever direction he goes now.

  • Martin on September 22, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    legend. I hope he stays in the game, doing some coaching perhaps. 10,000 runs and nearly 1000 wickets is a great record

  • stuart on September 22, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    He was a good player for england and in his prime was a good swing bowler. He was always gutsy and determined and played on some badly damaged knees. Good luck for the future corky and hope life brings you luck

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Corky is one of my all time favourite players. Saw him playing for Derbyshire from 1991 and it was obvious he would have a good England career. High spots for me were his MOM perforance in 1993 B&H final and his bowling in 1995 West Indies series. Shame he didn't get the extra 11 wickets to make the 1000, but saw him bowling at Trent Bridge earlier this season and his bowling had lost its spark. Best of luck in whatever you do next.

  • Luke on September 22, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    aye. top player. quality bowling character along with goughie. will be sorely missed from the game.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    There must be a role for a personality like DC in a coaching role at county or national level - he's a guy who always saw what he wanted to achieve and how to get there!

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