Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Gareth Batty calls time on 24-year professional playing career. Batty is among a rare group of cricketers to have taken more than 1000 wickets and scored more than 10000 runs in professional representative cricket
Batty is among a rare group of cricketers to have taken more than 1000 wickets and scored more than 10000 runs in professional representative cricket
England and Surrey off-spinner Gareth Batty has drawn the curtains on a 24-year playing career. The 43-year-old, who retires at the end of the 2021 season, will continue to remain at Surrey as Assistant Coach, working alongside Director of Cricket Alec Stewart and Head Coach Vikram Solanki.
Batty, who has also had stints at Worcestershire and Yorkshire, represented Surrey across two periods, between 1998-2001 and then again from 2009 until his retirment in 2021. He captained the club between 2015 and 2017 and filled-in as skipper of the T20 sides intermittently, including during the run to the finals of the T20 Blast last year.
“It's been a privilege to have played the professional game for more than 20 years. I never took a moment of it for granted and I know how fortunate I am to have represented the teams I have,” Batty said.
“I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been involved in a highly enjoyable career; teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans. I'm now excited to start a new career at this great club and looking forward to all the challenges and opportunities that will bring.”
In all he played 261 first class games, taking 682 wickets and scored 7399 runs. He further took 255 and 155 wickets each in the List A and T20 formats and is among a rare group of cricketers to have taken more than 1000 wickets and scored more than 10000 runs in professional representative cricket.
A majority of Batty's 19 England appearances came in the 2000s before he earned a recall to the Test side as a 39-year-old during the 2016 tour of the sub-continent, where he featured in Tests at Chattogram and Mohali.
Congratulating Batty on his fantastic career, Stewart said: “Batts should look back on his playing career with immense pride. He achieved so much in the game and has always given 100% commitment to every team he has represented. His knowledge and passion for the game is second to none which will be a great asset as he embarks on his coaching career.
“He will be missed in the dressing room for everything he has given as a captain and player, but I know that loyal and caring nature will now be transferred across into his coaching. As we congratulate him on all he has achieved as a player, we now look forward to him starting out on his coaching career which I have no doubts he will make a great success of. Cricket is in his blood and we're very fortunate to have him at Surrey helping to develop and improve our players.”