Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Wells retires from first class cricket
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 20:38 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: Former Sussex captain and England batsman Alan Wells announced his retirement on Monday from first class cricket after spending the last five seasons with Kent. Wells, 40 next week, wants to stay in the game in a coaching capacity and his name has been circulated to all other first class and minor counties. He made one Test appearance for England, against the West Indies at The Oval in 1995, and was caught off fast bowler Curtly Ambrose for nought. In the second innings he made three not out but that was the end of his international career. One of the most reliable county run scorers of his generation, Wells was widely considered unlucky not to win more Test caps earlier in his career. This failure to win major honours was undoubtedly a factor in his decision to go on a 'rebel' tour of English players to South Africa in 1990. Wells was banned from Test cricket for five years as a consequence although the suspension was remitted in 1992. In all Wells, who also had one season with South African province Border, made 21,099 first class runs at an average of 38.57 including 46 centuries with a highest score of 253 not out for Sussex against Yorkshire at Middlesbrough in 1991.