Veteran Richardson retires

  • Last Updated: January 7 2014, 10:24 GMT

Alan Richardson, one of county cricket's most prolific wicket-takers, has retired to take up a coaching job with Warwickshire.

Alan Richardson: Retires to become a coach
Alan Richardson: Retires to become a coach

Richardson's decision is a huge blow for his county Worcestershire, who lose one of the most reliable fast bowlers on the circuit.

Richardson, 38, is replacing Graeme Welch as the Bears' bowling coach. Welch has moved to become Elite Cricket Performance Director at Derbyshire.

Richardson made his first-class debut in 1995 at Derbyshire, but regular cricket was not forthcoming and he moved to Warwickshire where again, he struggled to nail down a regular place.

He had much more success at Middlesex - where he moved in 2004 - though injuries often took their toll. He was called up in 2008 to the England A team, and was reportedly close to a Test call-up that year.

But at New Road - where he moved in 2009 -he became one of the most feared bowlers in England, able to move the ball both ways off the seam with his unusual 'windmill' action.

He was the leading wicket-taker in Division One in 2010 with 73 and in 2012 Richardson was named one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

He took 254 wickets in 60 first-class matches for Worcestershire. He finishes his career with 569 first class victims at an average of 26.37.

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