Josh Poysden retires aged 29 after limited Yorkshire opportunities


England Lions legspinner struggled to nail down first-team place at Warwickshire or Yorkshire

Josh Poysden, the Yorkshire legspinner, has announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect after making a single first-team appearance this summer.

Poysden, 29, won two caps for the England Lions in 2017 and was selected for the North vs South series in the same year, but as with many English legspinners, found it hard to nail down a regular spot in a county team. At Warwickshire he was primarily used as a limited-overs bowler, with Jeetan Patel ahead of him in the Championship side, while opportunities were hard to come by in all formats at Yorkshire.

Poysden’s route into the game was unusual. He played club cricket as a wicketkeeper growing up but took up legspin after watching Mushtaq Ahmed play for Sussex, though struggled for opportunities at the club with Will Beer established on their staff. He represented Cambridge MCCU while studying at Anglia Ruskin University, won selection for the Unicorns in the 2013 YB40, and performed well enough for Warwickshire to take a punt on him.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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