Tuesday 19 August 2014 

Warwickshire Skipper Troughton confirms retirement from professional game

 

Warwickshire County Cricket Club Captain Jim Troughton has announced his retirement from the professional game with immediate effect following an on-going back injury.

Troughton (35) progressed through the ranks at Warwickshire from the Under 11s team to make his First Class debut in 2001. He went on to win his County Cap in 2002 and was named Club Captain ahead of the 2011 season, before leading the Bears to a seventh LV= County Championship title in 2012.

Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Jim has been a model professional, having won multiple trophies, leading the Club to a County Championship title and setting outstanding standards, on and off the field, for young cricketers to follow.

“Whilst we’re very sad that he has to retire in this way, all members of the playing and coaching team are very proud at what he has achieved in the professional game. It has been a pleasure to work and play alongside him and as a Championship winning skipper he will always have a special place in the history of the Club.”

Jim was also part of Warwickshire’s County Championship-winning team in 2004; he won the Benson & Hedges Cup in 2002 and the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2010. He also made six ODI appearances for England in the summer of 2003.

Jim said: “After what has been difficult 14 months dealing with back problems, I am devastated to have to concede that my playing days are over. I simply am no longer able to do myself justice and after much deliberation and consultation with the Club’s medical team, my surgeon, family and close friends, I have to accept that I can no longer train and perform to the level required to fulfil my duties as a First Class cricketer and Club Captain.

“Warwickshire has been my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with such a fantastic Club. I have been lucky to have played alongside so many amazing players and coaches, who I will regard as friends for life. Captaining Warwickshire has been the proudest achievement of my career.

“I know that I will now have to step back from, what is a very talented and motivated group of players but I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and for the future. Come on you Bears.”

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