Jim Troughton: Warwickshire captain retires because of injury

Troughton led Warwickshire to the County Championship title in 2012

Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton has announced his immediate retirement from professional cricket because of a persistent back problem.

The 35-year-old batsman, who made his Bears debut in 2003, played 167 first-class matches, averaging 35.67.

He played six one-day internationals for England in 2003, scoring 36 runs.

"After what has been a difficult 14 months dealing with back problems, I am devastated to concede that my playing days are over," he said.

"Warwickshire has been my life. I feel privileged to have been associated with such a fantastic club.

"I have been lucky to have played alongside so many amazing players and coaches, who I will regard as friends for life.

"Captaining Warwickshire has been the proudest achievement of my career. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season and for the future."

Troughton was part of the County Championship-winning Bears team of 2004, before going on to lead the side to a second title in 2012.

He also earned winners' medals in the 2002 Benson & Hedges Cup and the CB40 in 2010.

An occasional left-arm bowler, Troughton took 22 first-class wickets at an average of 64.36.

Troughton's career in numbers
FormatAppearancesRunsHighest scoreAverage
List A1693,654115*27.06

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown added: "Jim has been a model professional, having won multiple trophies, and has set outstanding standards, on and off the field, for young cricketers to follow.

"Whilst we're very sad that he has to retire in this way, all members of the playing and coaching team are very proud at what he has achieved in the professional game.

"It has been a pleasure to work and play alongside him and as a Championship-winning skipper he will always have a special place in the history of the club."

Did you know?
Jim Troughton comes from a famous family of actors. His grandfather Patrick was the second Doctor Who, his father David is a Shakespearean stage actor who also starred in the BBC TV series A Very Peculiar Practice, while Jim's cousin Harry Melling is best known for his role as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films.

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