Former England batsman Anthony McGrath retires

Anthony McGrath in action for Yorkshire on June 28, 2010
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Yorkshire's former England batsman Anthony McGrath announces his retirement from all forms of professional cricket.

Former England batsman Anthony McGrath has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.

The 37-year-old Yorkshire veteran scored 23,600 professional runs and also chipped in with 240 wickets after making his first-class debut in 1995.

He spent his entire 18-year career playing for the Headingley outfit, and Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon has praised McGrath's commitment to his home county.

"He has given every ounce of blood, sweat and tears to the county and his role within the dressing room will be sadly missed," Moxon told Yorkshire's official website.

"He is the perfect role model for any aspiring junior wanting to be the best they can be. The way he inspires those around him is his distinct quality.

"I would like to wish him well in the future and hope that he will continue his connection to the club through his coach education qualifications and programme."

McGrath played four Tests and 14 one-day internationals for England between 2003 and 2004.

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