Rikki Clarke prepares to leave crease for the last time … with one regret | Andy Bull

Surrey’s indefatigable 39-year-old is retiring at the end of the season, and is left to rue how his international career ended

Somewhere among his old kit and other bits, Rikki Clarke has a fat scrapbook, full of dog-eared clippings from the summer of 2002. He was 20 and on a run of form that took him from Surrey’s second XI into the England team in the space of three months.

, Rikki Clarke prepares to leave crease for the last time … with one regret | Andy Bull, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

“Clarke in Like Flynn” was the Guardian headline when he hit 153 against Somerset, “Clarke’s Flash of Lightning” when he smacked three sixes in an innings against Yorkshire and “Rikki’s a Rare Talent” was above a full-page profile in the Observer when he won his first England call-up for the Champions Trophy that September.

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