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Murray Goodwin retires from first-class cricket

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Murray Goodwin, the former Zimbabwe international, has decided to retire from
first-class cricket at the end of this season, reports ESPN.

Goodwin has had a fantastic career, taking him from Australia to Zimbabwe and then to England where he has served all his teams equally well.

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Early life

He began life in his native Zimbabwe but as a child he emigrated to Australia where his long 20-year career began when he made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 1994-95 against England in a tour match at the WACA. He did not disappoint, scoring 91 and 77 against the tourists.

Goodwin was given international recognition by Zimbabwe and made his debut in 1998 and was all-set for a long career at this level.

However, after playing for his country in 19 Test matches, averaging over 42, and 71 One-Day Internationals, Goodwin decided to quit international cricket in 2000 due to his family finding it difficult to settle in Zimbabwe.

Flourishing career

He moved back to Australia where his career flourished. International cricket's loss was definitely to the advantage of Western Australia and Sussex.

For Sussex, Goodwin was arguably at his best. He joined the club in 2001 and went on to
hold a number of records for the county. In 2003 Goodwin hit 335*, breaking the record for the highest individual score by a Sussex player.

During 2003 Goodwin was influential in securing Sussex's first ever Championship title, after 164 years. Goodwin then proceeded to break his own record in 2009 when he hit 344* against Somerset at Taunton. Goodwin is also the only Sussex player to have hit a double century and a century in the same match twice.

Fond memories

Sussex supporters will also fondly remember Goodwin for his winning runs in the 2008 Pro40 competition which gave Sussex the league title. Sussex required three runs to win off the final ball of their match against Nottinghamshire with Goodwin on strike. The right-hander promptly smashed the ball over long-on for six to win the game and the title for his county.

Despite being in the later stages of his career Glamorgan were more than happy to sign Goodwin on an initial one-year deal in 2012 when he was released by Sussex. His first season with the Welsh club in 2013 was a success as he averaged over 50. His impressive performances entitled him to a further year with the club this season which will now be his last.

Positive force

I defy anyone to pick an overseas player, who has had such a positive affect on English county cricket in the last decade. Goodwin has given great service to both Sussex and, more recently Glamorgan, for a number of years.

Goodwin will be a great loss to the county circuit but I am sure Sussex and Glamorgan will look back on their relationship with the Zimbabwean with great fondness and appreciation. He will be a sad loss to the county game.

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