Sussex and former England all-rounder Michael Yardy has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the 2015 campaign.
Yardy has been integral to the successes of both county and country, helping Sussex to County Championship successes in 2003, 2006 and 2007, while he was also part of England’s only limited-overs success as they won the World T20 in 2010.
The now 34 year-old also took over the captaincy at Hove having risen through the South coast county’s academy, leading the team between 2009 and 2012, winning limited-overs accolades in the process. While his canny left-arm spin proved handy on several occasions, it was Yardy’s batting that was the key weapon in his armory, amassing over 10,000 first-class runs in his time with Sussex and Central Districts of New Zealand in a career spanning from the previous millennium.
Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “Yards is a home-grown player who has progressed through our youth system, and caught the train as a 16 year-old from Hastings all the way to Arundel in the winter months in order to fight his way to become one of the leading domestic players, and an international one-day player.
“He has not only been an integral part of Sussex’s one-day success, but a World T20 winner with England.
“He captained the team for three years winning the T20 and Pro40 competitions in that period. His overall contribution to Sussex Cricket has been immense, and the support he has given me and all the players in the dressing room will be sadly missed.
“We wish him and his family well when he embarks on the next chapter of his life at the end of the summer.”