Kent batsman Mike Powell announces playing retirement
Kent and former Glamorgan batsman Mike Powell has announced his retirement from cricket.
In 2007 Powell was left fighting for his life after complications set in after he had a rib removed to solve a blood clot, but made a full recovery.
"The body cannot do what it used to do," said Powell.
"I could probably play on for a couple of years, but it's now time to move on in my life."
Powell, who also bowled occasional right-arm off-breaks, scored more than 11,000 first-class runs for Glamorgan, including 25 first-class centuries.
His highest score of 299 came against Essex in 2006.
Powell helped Glamorgan to the 1997 County Championship, in his first season, before winning two one-day titles in 2002 and 2004.
He was called up for England's one-day squad in 2004, although he missed out on selection for a match-day XI.
His finest season came in 2006 when he scored 1,327 runs, earning him Glamorgan's Player of the Year award.