LONDON - Former England fast bowler Chris Tremlett announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday after struggling to overcome a back problem.

Tremlett, 33, starred in England's 2010-11 Ashes triumph in Australia, taking 17 wickets in three Tests including the series-clinching dismissal of Michael Beer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In total he played 146 first-class matches for England, Hampshire and Surrey, his latest club, taking 459 wickets at an average of 28.66.

"After sixteen enjoyable years in a game that has given me so much I feel that now is the right moment to call time on my playing career," Tremlett said in a statement on the Surrey website. "I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such a fantastic and memorable career and lucky enough to play with and against some of the best players in the world. "Wearing the Three Lions was the pinnacle and I enjoyed every minute of the challenge, experience and ultimately the success that the team had whilst playing for England. "Unfortunately injury has hampered me throughout my career and now plays the leading role in my decision to retire."

He added: "I would like to thank everyone at Hampshire Cricket, Surrey CCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board who have helped me throughout my career and also my family and friends for their constant support." Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said: "Trem has been a valued and popular member of the playing staff throughout his time with us. "On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank him for his efforts and contributions, both with Surrey and England, and wish him well in the next chapter of his career."