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Steven Finn (Left) was part of England’s Ashes-winning squads in 2010/11, 2013 and 2015Sussex and former England fast bowler Steven Finn has announced his retirement from professional cricket following an 18-year career.The 34-year-old right-armer took 125 wickets at an average of 30.40 in 36 Test appearances between 2010 and 2016.He made his first-class debut for Middlesex in June 2005, but has not featured in red-ball cricket since July last year due to a knee injury.Finn also played 69 ODIs and 21 T20 internationals for England.He retires having taken 570 first-class wickets in 164 games with best figures of 9-37.”I have been fighting a battle with my body for the last 12 months and have admitted defeat to it,” Finn said.”I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to play cricket as my vocation since I made my debut for Middlesex in 2005. The journey hasn’t always been smooth, but I have loved it nonetheless.”To have played 125 games for England, including 36 tests, far surpassed what I dreamed of. I want to thank Sussex Cricket for their support over the last 12 months especially and for welcoming me wholeheartedly into the club at the beginning of last season.”It really is a great place to play cricket and I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to play more of a part on the field since joining the club.”I retire with some amazing memories with England, Middlesex and Sussex, shared with fantastic people. Those will live with me forever.”Finn, standing at 6ft 7in tall, first played county cricket as a 16-year-old.After a strong season in 2009 in which he took 53 Championship wickets for Middlesex, he was called up as injury cover for England’s winter tour of Bangladesh.Finn made his debut in Chittagong in March 2010, taking four wickets across the two Tests as England won the series 2-0.That same summer, he played all six home Tests and had his maiden five-wicket haul, 5-42, in a victory over Bangladesh at Old Trafford.More to follow.

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