Udal calls it a day
Former England spinner Shaun Udal has retired from first-class cricket after 22 seasons.
Last Updated: 21/10/10 4:20pm
Former England spinner Shaun Udal has retired from first-class cricket.
The 41-year-old played four Tests and 11 one-day internationals during a career spanning 22 seasons.
His finest hour came in India in March 2006 when he took 4-14, including the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, as England claimed a series-levelling victory in Mumbai.
He initially called it quits at the end of the 2007 season, his 19th with Hampshire.
But he was lured out of retirement by Middlesex and continued for three more years at Lord's, a period that encompassed the Twenty20 Cup victory of 2008 and a spell as captain.
In 301 first-class appearances, Udal took 822 wickets at an average of 32.47 and also scored 7,931 runs at 22.59, including a solitary century.
"I am extremely lucky to have played the game I love for such a long period of time," he said.
"Cricket has been extremely good to me and I have enjoyed every moment I have spent in the game.
"I have played with and against some great cricketers and characters, and treasure the moments I spent playing with and competing against these men.
"I have many good friends in cricket and hope to continue to enjoy their company.
"It is obviously a sad day - waving goodbye to something very special is always difficult - but I look forward to getting stuck in to the next chapter of my life."