Former England all-rounder Mike Yardy to retire at end of season

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Mike Yardy, the Sussex and former England all-rounder, is to retire at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old played 28 ODI matches and 14 T20s for England between 2006 and 2011. He was part of the England squad who won the T20 World Cup in the West Indies in 2010 but his international career ended when he flew home from Colombo suffering from clinical depression three days before the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup.

He returned to the Sussex side, who he continued to captain, in 2011. It was too soon but his left-handed batting and fast left-arm spinners continued to be a feature of the county’s success. He was awarded a benefit last year.

Yardy, who was succeeded as captain by Ed Joyce, has struggled with indifferent form as well as a calf injury.

His illness first impacted on the side in 2010 when he pulled out of an ODI match against Pakistan at the Rose Bowl. The episode evoked memories of Marcus Trescothick’s battles with depression and, like Trescothick, he found touring particularly difficult.

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