Chris Read announces decision to retire

Chris Read announces decision to retire

38 years old Chris Read, the Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper, has announced his decision to retire from cricket at the end of the 2017 season.

In a 2009 interview with Spin magazine, Read responded by saying: “I’m exceptionally happy with the way I kept wicket for England. I’m well aware of my technique and I feel I’m a lot more proficient in judging wicketkeeping than Duncan Fletcher is.

“I like to think of myself as a thinking cricketer and I’m not sure that screaming and shouting gets you anywhere. Do you have to scream and shout to be a good cricketer? I don’t think so.

“I had numerous chances to establish myself in the England team and I have to accept that I didn’t fully take them. I’m very happy with the way I kept wicket for England, but I’m very disappointed with the way I batted.”

He won a brief recall towards the end of 2006, registering his only international half-century against Pakistan at Leeds, but it was his and Foster’s misfortune that their careers coincided with those of Alec Stewart and Matt Prior, among others, and an age when keepers were judged at least as much by the runs they scored as the chances they took. “I think the standard of wicketkeeping generally has gone down over the last few years,” he said in 2009. “It’s less good than when I started. When I started out there were very few poor ones and loads of good ones, people like Steve Rhodes or Keith Piper, who was awesome. Now there are some good ones around, but the emphasis is on batting.”

Announcing his decision to retire, he said: “I feel very content with my career. It’s my 20th season at Trent Bridge and it’s been a wonderful experience. All good things must come to an end. After this season, it’s time for me to move on and start the next phase of my career with a fantastic opportunity at Uppingham School.

“I’m going to really enjoy this last six months of my playing career. I’ve set myself high standards throughout my career and this season is no different. I’ll be putting everything into Nottinghamshire, into driving us forward and making sure that, when I do leave at the end of September, the club is in the best possible position.”

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