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Thanks to all the memorable people that have made this journey special: Elliott retires from cricket

Grant Elliott, who played in five Test matches, 83 one-day internationals and 17 T20Is for his country, hangs up his spikes after captaining Birmingham Bears in this season's Vitality Blast

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Grant Elliott has retired from all cricket

Former New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has announced his retirement from all cricket at the age of 39.

Elliott, who played in five Test matches, 83 one-day internationals and 17 T20Is for his country, hangs up his spikes after captaining Birmingham Bears in this season's Vitality Blast.

He calls time on his career having claimed a total of 334 wickets and having amassed 11,218 runs across cricket's three formats.

"Started in Johannesburg finished in Birmingham. I remember being 12 and writing down my life goals. To play in a World Cup, play international cricket and play county cricket. 27 years on and I have loved every minute of it," he wrote in a post on Instagram.

 

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"Thanks to all the memorable people I have met that have made this journey special. To family and friends who have given me unwavering support despite all the sacrifices I have had to make that have impacted them. 

"This game is a special one but it doesn’t define us. 

"Looking forward to the future with great excitement and sharing a drink with those selfless players I shared a change room with."

Elliott's career has seen him feature for teams in England, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and the Caribbean.

He lists three counties - Leicestershire, Surrey and the Bears - among his former clubs.

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