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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 July, 2003, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Alec Stewart's career in photos
Stewart smiles for the cameras during the 1989-90 West Indies tour
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Stewart makes his Test debut for England on the 1989-90 West Indies tour as a 26-year-old
Stewart in action against Sri Lanka at Lord's
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After a tentative start Stewart settles into the set-up by 1991, grabbing his first Test century at Lord's against Sri Lanka
Stewart captains England against India in 1992 but loses out on the full-time job to Mike Atherton
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Stewart captains England for the first time in 1992 when Gooch falls ill, but loses out on the full-time job to Mike Atherton
Stewart salutes the England fans after his double-century in Barbados
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Stewart goes on to make history in Barbados in 1994, becoming the first Englishman to score centuries in both innings
Alec breaks his right index finger in Australia in 1994
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A broken finger sustained in Australia the same year marks a low point in Stewart's career as he struggles with the injury
South Africa's Craig Matthews dismisses Stewart for 41 in Durban
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By now England's vice-captain, Stewart's performance suffers as a result and a disappointing tour of South Africa follows
Stewart celebrates a Test series win over South Africa at Headingley in 1998
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Stewart is appointed England captain in 1998 and leads his England side to a historic Test series victory over South Africa
Alec Stewart and Australia captain Mark Taylor hold a 1948 Australian cap the before the Third Ashes Test
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But failure to win the Ashes in Australia and a frustrating early World Cup exit sees Stewart step down in 1999
Stewart celebrates his century at Old Trafford
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Stewart marks his 100th Test appearance in 2000 with a century against the West Indies at Old Trafford
Stewart is accused of selling information to a bookmaker during the 1992-93 tour to India
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In July 2001 Stewart suffers a setback when he is accused of match-fixing by an Indian bookmaker, but he is eventually cleared
Stewart wears a commemorative shirt to mark his 119th appearance for England
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2002 is Stewart's finest hour - bagging his 200th Test catch, 150 one-day caps and is England's most-capped Test player
Stewart lifts his bat after reaching a half-century against Zimbabwe in June this year
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His place under threat from England's rising stars, Stewart decides to retire after the summer of 2003 at the age of 40
South African players applaud Alec Stewart to the crease for his last innings for England
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Stewart is held in high esteem by his opponents as South Africa demonstrate by forming a guard of honour as he comes to the wicket for the last time
Alec Stewart accepts a trophy before play on day one at The Oval
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The England wicket-keeper is presented with a bat before the start of his 133rd and final Test to celebrate his international career




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