Beset by niggling injury, Knight calls it a day
Published: Monday, April 28, 2003, 18:43 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Nick Knight's 'iffy' about his knee
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 Limited Overs Internationals - averaging 40.41 and hitting five centuries. His departure leaves England 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 having missed out on the last one, 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." England's One-day side which has summer dates with Pakistan, Zimbabwe and South Africa is set for a revamp with Knight's retirement following that of captain Nasser Hussain. Also out of the running are Andy Caddick and possibly Alec Stewart while Paul Collingwood and Craig White are nursing long-term injuries.