Melbourne: Former Australian wicketkeeper Peter Neville on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after playing for 13 years.
The 36-year-old, who represented Australia in 17 Tests and nine T20Is, played his last international cricket in 2016. Since then he has had a record-breaking career with New South Wales.
He retired after captaining the Blues in 43 Shield matches, more than any other player in history and as one of only four men to have played more than 100 Shield matches for NSW. However, Neville had not taken the field since February this year, as his season for New South Wales ended prematurely due to an injury.
The wicketkeeper holds the record for taking more than 310 catches and is second on the Blues’ all-time dismissal list after Phil Emery.
Neville said, I always knew that I was nearing the end of my career. It was a disappointing season for me. I think I have lost more matches to injury this season than the rest of my career. I am very proud that I was able to play for Australia and that I was able to play for New South Wales for so long.
“I want to think that I will try to perform as best as I can.
Neville played 17 Tests for Australia during 2015/16. He replaced Brad Haddin for the Lord’s Test on the 2015 Ashes tour. He played 17 matches in a row and was impressive throughout, but averaged just 22.28 with the bat, including only three half-centuries. In addition, he scored 5,927 runs in domestic matches at an average of 36.81 with 10 first-class centuries.
After Australia’s humiliating defeat at the hands of South Africa in Hobart, the selection committee replaced Matthew Wade as the wicketkeeper.
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