Injuries force Surrey batsman Michael Brown to retire

Michael Brown
Brown scored nine first class centuries with a top score of 133.

Surrey opening batsman Michael Brown has announced his immediate retirement from cricket.

Brown told club's website: "Injuries made it difficult to maintain the high standards I require of myself."

The batsman, 31, played 96 first-class matches, scoring 5,273 runs at an average of 34.14 but has struggled with shoulder and elbow injuries.

Surrey professional cricket manager Chris Adams said: "There is always sadness when a career comes to an end."

He added: "He leaves behind the impression of a hard-working, honest, committed and intelligent lad, qualities that will stand him in great stead for his future adventures."

Brown made his debut for Middlesex in 1999 before moving to Hampshire where he played in the county's 2005 C&G trophy-winning side.

In 2008, he averaged above 40 in the County Championship, which drew interest from Surrey. He had a promising 2009 for the Oval outfit before injuries curtailed his playing.

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