Former England international Butcher retires

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The Independent Online

Former England batsman Mark Butcher has retired from cricket with immediate effect after admitting defeat in his battle with ongoing knee problems.

Surrey captain Butcher, who played 71 Test matches between 1997 and 2004, managed five LV County Championship outings this season but after undergoing further surgery a fortnight ago, decided to call time on his 17-year career.

The stylish 36-year-old, who is best remembered for his match-winning 173 not out against Australia at Headingley in 2001, made his first-class bow in 1992 and scored 38 centuries, eight on them for England.