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Durham’s Championship-winning captain announces retirement

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Durham batsman Will Smith, who captained the county to the Championship title in 2009, has announced his retirement.

Smith won three titles in five years with Durham after joining from Nottinghamshire, where he was also a champion in 2005, and later returned to the north-east after a spell at Hampshire.

The 36-year-old retires with an average of 32.78 from 183 first-class matches.

“I have given everything as a player that I can possibly give,” he said. “I have experienced some amazing moments in the game and played with and against some outstanding players and people.

“I want to thank everyone connected to the three counties I have played for.”

Chairman Sir Ian Botham added: “Will is a fantastic guy and someone who has been a model professional during his career.

“I would like to thank him for his contribution to Durham Cricket and wish him well in the future.”

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