Six Cricketing Heroes Who Retired at the End of This County Season
Another county season is over with Durham the county championship winners, while Nottinghamshire and Northants took home the limited overs honours. But away from the glory of victories and trophies, another batch of players have retired. A few weeks after the season has ended, Bleacher Report picks out six of the most notable names who have hung up their boots and bats from 2013.
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England’s reverse-swinging 2005 Ashes hero hopes to play on in T20 cricket but ended his first-class and List A career following Glamorgan’s YB40 Final defeat to Nottinghamshire.
Jones’ career was blighted by injury, but when he was fit he was one of the fastest and most dangerous bowlers in cricket. He was at his peak during the dramatic 2005 Ashes series where his deadly reverse swing was instrumental in England’s series victory. However, he never played a Test for England again after that series due to persistent injuries. While still sending the odd stump flying in county cricket, he could never string enough matches together to be considered for international selection again.
Another of the heroes of the 2005 Ashes, Steve Harmison also called time on his career, following a stuttering season in the Durham Second XI.
Harmison is one of the most ferocious bowlers England have ever possessed and his spell of 7/12 against the West Indies in 2004 is enscribed in cricketing folklore. His enormous height generated great pace and bounce and few will forget the first morning of the 2005 Ashes at Lord’s where he drew blood from Ricky Ponting’s cheek and struck Justin Langer brutally on the arm. A terrifying bowler at his best, but unfortunately his best was rarely seen.
The third member of the 2005 Ashes attack has also called time on his career after half a decade slaving away in county cricket following being dropped in New Zealand in 2008.
Hoggard, originally of Yorkshire, finished his playing days in Leicestershire. Hoggard is probably the most underrated of the 2005 Ashes seam attack due to his skill being more conspicuous than the out and out pace and aggression of Andrew Flintoff, Jones and Harmison.
Hoggard’s ability to swing the ball both ways with remarkable control will forever be overshadowed by his successor, James Anderson, but Hoggard was a special bowler.
Australia’s David Hussey retired from county cricket following Nottinghamshire’s successful YB40 final at Lord’s. Hussey originally played for Notts in 2004 and will count himself unlucky to not have played Test cricket, or indeed, more ODI cricket for Australia.
He’s forged himself a fantastic T20 career however, and will no doubt continue to plunder runs for some time yet. Just not on these shores.
A Hampshire legend, Mascarenhas took just under 1000 wickets for the south-coast county. He developed from a canny medium pacer in first-class cricket into a bowler tailor made for the T20 era, and was in fact the first English cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League. He could also strike fearsome blows with the bat and hit five sixes in five balls off Yuvraj Singh during his brief international stint in 2007. There’s an argument to suggest he should’ve played more for England, but as he retires he will certainly be remembered fondly by the Hampshire faithful after more than a decade of service.
Having retired from international cricket at the end of 2012, Ponting made a brief appearance for Surrey this summer. The batting legend struck a magnificent hundred in his final innings in first-class professional cricket, under a clear blue sky, on a perfect summer’s day. Shakespeare couldn’t have scripted it better.