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Butcher hangs up his bat

CRICKET: Former England batsman Mark Butcher announced his retirement from cricket last night with immediate effect.<br /><br />The Surrey captain, 36, scored 38 first-class centuries &ndash; eight of them for England &ndash; in a career spanning 17 years.<br /><br />He managed five County Championship matches for Surrey this season but has now admitted defeat in his battle against ongoing knee problems following surgery a fortnight ago.