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Knight retires from ODIs

London: England opener Nick Knight on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket. The 33-year-old, hit by a niggling knee injury recently, has played in one hundred ODIs — averaging 40.41 and hitting five centuries.

His departure leaves coach Duncan Fletcher with the task of finding a suitable replacement for the man described as “a fantastic servant” to the one-day game by chairman of selectors David Graveney.

On hearing the news Graveney said: “It was a surprise, certainly, and I think Duncan would feel the same way.”

Knight said he had been mulling over retirement for some time. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I was desperate to play in the World Cup, but I’ve got other challenges ahead of me.

“It’s nice to spend some time at home and at Warwickshire.”

He added: “There is an incredible amount of talent in the game, it’s four years before the next World Cup, I’m not going to make it, so it’s a chance for other guys to make it.” (AFP)

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