Cork announces retirement
Former England, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Hampshire all-rounder Dominic Cork has announced his retirement from cricket.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 22/09/11 10:13pm
Former England all-rounder Dominic Cork has announced his retirement from cricket.
The 40-year-old called time on an illustrious career which brought him 37 Test and 32 one-day international caps as well as titles at Derbyshire, Lancashire and his most recent employers Hampshire, on Thursday
He marked his England debut against West Indies in 1995 with Test-best figures of 7-43 - the best figures by an Englishman on debut - and against the same opposition at Old Trafford he became the 22nd player to take a Test match hat-trick.
"I'm going to retire from all cricket from now," Cork told Sky Sports News.
"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."
Cork admitted his decision was partly motivated by his 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," he continued.
"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."