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On this day in 2003: Alec Stewart announces retirement from first-class cricket

On this day in 2003: Alec Stewart announces retirement from first-class cricket
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The wicketkeeper-batman played 133 Tests and 170 one-day internationals for England.

Alec Stewart announced his retirement from all forms of first-class cricket on this day in 2003, just a week after his international career had come to a close.

The 40-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman had featured in an emotional fifth Test win over South Africa at his home ground of The Oval, helping England square the series at 2-2.

England v South Africa
Alec Stewart's final Test match ended in victory at his home ground, The Oval (Martin Rickett/PA)

Stewart's first-class career began in 1981 and finished with him having scored 26,165 runs at an average of 40.06 in 447 matches.

"Playing for Surrey throughout my career has been a fantastic privilege," said Stewart.

"I have been lucky enough to play with some great players and particularly to
be a part of the huge success the club has achieved over the last eight years."

Stewart had not been offered an extended playing contract by his county, but instead took up an ambassadorial role and would ultimately become Surrey's director of cricket in 2014.

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