Sussex batsman Rory Hamilton-Brown has retired from cricket with immediate effect after failing to recover from a wrist injury.
Hamilton-Brown, 27, picked up the injury in the early stages of the 2014 season and, despite surgery and rehabilitation since, they have had little effect, leaving the all-rounder with little option but to retire from the game.
“It is with regret that I am having to retire from cricket,” Hamilton-Brown told the Sussex CCC website. “It has been a privilege to play with and against some fantastic players and people all over the world. I will leave the game with a heavy heart but take with me many amazing memories and friends for life.”
The right-hander enjoyed two spells at Hove either side of his stint at Surrey, helping the Sharks win the Pro40 Division One title in 2008 along with the Twenty20 Cup and Division One of the Pro40 competition in 2009.
He said: “I would like to thank my family for their care and support over the course of my career. I would also like to thank both Sussex and Surrey for giving me the chance to have the best job in the world for ten years and all the coaches and staff that I have worked with along the way.“
Hamilton-Brown has experienced a number of challenges throughout his career before this point, including the death of his close friend Tom Maynard in 2012, and Sussex‘s Cricket Manager, Mark Robinson, is sad to see the loss of a key member of the squad.
“We’re really sorry that Rory has had to retire from the game,” Robinson said. “He has always worked incredibly hard during his time at Sussex and has been a popular member of the club with players and staff alike.
“All we can do at this point is to wish him all the best for the next chapter in his life and we look forward to seeing him around the ground in a more social capacity for many years to come.”
Here he is talking to Sussex TV about his return to the team in 2012: