Zimbabwe batsman announces retirement

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Former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin has hung up his spikes at the age of nearly 42, retiring after 20 years in the game despite still being in good form with the bat for Glamorgan.

Former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin has hung up his spikes at the age of nearly 42, retiring after 20 years in the game despite still being in good form with the bat for Glamorgan.

The Sussex and Glamorgan man has been playing County cricket for over a decade, last playing for Zimbabwe in 2000, and ends his career with a first class average of 46.69 and a top score of 344 not out.

He's not the only retiree for the Welsh club though, as batsman Gareth Rees also decided to move on. At the age of 29, he will return to his studies, with an eye on the business world.

Added to those two exits, Glamorgan have not offered contract extensions to pace bowler Michael Reed, and batsmen Stewart Walters and Tom Lancefield. Reed's injuries this past season made impressing impossible.

Hugh Morris, the Glamorgan CEO, said: "This is always a difficult time of the season with decisions made regarding which players will remain in the squad and indeed some players deciding their own futures.

"Murray, Gareth and Stewart have been leaders on and off the field and part of the first -team squad throughout their time at Glamorgan, making valuable commitments to the Glamorgan cause.

"Mike has struggled with injury this year and has chosen to move on, whilst Tom although pushing for a place in the first-team throughout the summer has found opportunities limited."

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