Saxelby retires due to injury

  • Last Updated: June 3 2014, 13:46 BST

Gloucestershire bowler Ian Saxelby has been forced to retire from first-class cricket at the age of 25 due to injury.

Ian Saxelby: Forced to retire at the age of 25
Ian Saxelby: Forced to retire at the age of 25

Saxelby recently underwent surgery on the knee injury he suffered while bowling during the LV= County Championship clash against Surrey at the Oval on May 11.

However, the damage to the knee was revealed to be worse than initially feared and has led to former England Under-19 seamer having to call time on his career.

Nottingham-born Saxelby, who played 40 first-class matches, said: "It is extremely disappointing that I am unable to continue along the path of professional cricket but unfortunately my body is forcing me to hang up my boots.

"After recovering from my shoulder surgery last season, I'm devastated by the seriousness of this recent career-ending injury. I feel that I have given everything to the sport and I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent in the game."

Gloucestershire's director of cricket John Bracewell said: "He has been the consummate professional and proved to be a bowler beyond his years. He will be missed by the team and hard to replace."

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