Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower retires

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 16:04 PM IST

Harare: Zimbabwean batsman Grant Flower has retired from match cricket for the second time to focus on his job as the country`s batting coach, said a statement posted on the Zimbabwe Cricket website today.

"I have drawn the line. There`s enough talent coming through and I don`t want to hold anyone back," said Flower, 40, who briefly rejoined the international side to play two one-day internationals against South Africa last year.

"I`ve had a good run and I`ve enjoyed it, but there is a transition from player to coach, and I think it`s time to take it."

Flower, who initially retired from international cricket in 2004, featured in Zimbabwe`s first Test side match against Pakistan in 1992 and hit a career-best 201 not out to win the match by an innings.

He played in 67 Tests and 221 One Day Internationals.

Flower became the first Zimbabwean to score a century in both innings of a Test match, scoring against New Zealand in 1997.

He spent most of his international career playing alongside his brother and wicketkeeper Andy, who since retiring in 2006, has forged a successful career in coaching in England.

Bureau Report