Graham Onions decided to retire

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Graham Onions decided to retire

Graham Onions decided to retire after an injury prevented his return, and for medical reasons ended his career "This is not the way I wanted to bow out of the game, but I have to listen to the medical staff and have come to terms with the fact I am protecting my health and wellbeing in future years.

I gave absolutely everything I could and finish with no regrets. From being part of an Ashes-winning England team to becoming Durham's leading First-Class wicket-taker, I have achieved more than I could have dreamed of when I first started out and feel lucky to have had the privilege of being a First-Class cricketer for so many years."

, as quoted by criccbuzz "I will be forever grateful to Dave Roberts, Sam Byrne, Tom Webster and the rest of Lancashire's medical team for their help, support and professionalism over the last two-and-a-half seasons since I joined.

They have been truly fantastic with me and I cannot thank them enough. Glen Chapple, Paul Allott and the rest of the Lancashire staff and players have also made me feel truly welcome from the first moment I joined and I have loved every moment of being in the home changing room at Emirates Old Trafford."

"One of the proudest moments of my career was getting capped by Lancashire and I hope I have worn the Red Rose with the pride and determination expected of the Members. I appreciate all of the considerable support you have shown to me.

"A special mention goes to my wife, Emma, two children, Olly and Esme, as well as my Mam, Dad and sister. None of this would have been possible without them, particularly for their love and support during the toughest times in my career," Onions said.

Paul Allot on Graham

Paul Allott congratulated him and said that it is not easy at all when a player decides to retire "I would like to congratulate him on not only what he has achieved at Lancashire, but also across his 16-year career in professional cricket.

He has been the consummate professional and a shining example to young bowlers of what you can achieve when you match talent with the dedication and desire he has displayed throughout his career. As far as skilled fast bowlers in county cricket, they do not come much better than Bunny and were it not for some injuries at key times at his peak, he certainly would have played more for England," he said.