Injury forces retirement of Glamorgan's David Harrison

David Harrison will take on a Glamorgan coaching role for the rest of the season
Harrison will take on a Glamorgan coaching role for the rest of the season

Glamorgan seam bowler David Harrison has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

The 29-year-old spent the winter trying to regain fitness from a hip injury but has been advised to retire.

Harrison made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in 1999 and has represented England Under-19 and England A.

"It's disappointing to have to retire through injury but I've had time to reflect on... a fantastic 13-year career," said Harrison.

"I feel very lucky to have had the chance to play professional cricket and do what so many people aspire to."

Harrison was part of the Glamorgan side that won the Norwich Union League in 2002 and a return of 5-26 against Yorkshire at Headingley was one of a number of outstanding performances.

In 2004, Harrison was the Welsh club's joint leading wicket-taker, with 57, forming a fine new-ball partnership with Australian Michael Kasprowicz.

That helped propel Glamorgan to promotion to Division One of the County Championship and another one-day league success.

He ended the summer with selection for England A, on their tour of the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.

Colin Metson, Glamorgan managing director of cricket, said: "David has been an excellent servant to Glamorgan cricket over many years and it's always disappointing when players finish their careers early through injury.

"It is even more disappointing after his performances with the ball last year. David is held in high esteem by both players and coaches alike and I am delighted that he will remain involved with the team in a coaching capacity for the remainder of the season."

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