Doug Bollinger, the Australian left-arm quick, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, effective immediately.
Bollinger, 36, made his Test debut for Australia in 2009 against South Africa. He went on to play 12 Tests, picking up 50 wickets at 25.92, with best figures of 5 for 28, which came against New Zealand in Wellington in March 2010. He also featured in 39 One-Day Internationals where he picked up 62 wickets at an impressive 23.90, and nine Twenty20 Internationals, picking up nine wickets.
Bollinger was a regular for the New South Wales side, where he began in the 2002-03 season and spent 15 years of his career.
“I was pretty raw and they gave me a really good chance at cricket,” Bollinger said, underlining the importance that his state side has had in nurturing his career. “My first captain for NSW was Steve Waugh, which was unbelievable. A special thank you to all the great people at Cricket NSW who helped me on my journey. To play for 15 or 16 seasons with the SCG as my home ground has been amazing.”
Bollinger finished his career as the third highest wicket-taker for New South Wales with 290 strikes against his name.
“It’s been a great ride. I met so many wonderful people and achieved the ultimate ambition of playing Test cricket for Australia. I played under some great captains and players for NSW and Australia including Steve, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting. Now it’s time for the next stage of my life with my wife Tegan and my children Skye and Liam. I couldn’t have achieved everything I have without them.”
One of Bollinger’s career highs was being included in the International Cricket Council’s Test and ODI teams of the year in 2010 after a stellar season. He played his final Test in the 2010 Ashes campaign against England, while his final ODI was against South Africa in 2011 in Durban.
James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive officer, called the paceman who played T20 league cricket in Australia, England and India over the years, a “fierce competitor”.
“Doug has had a fantastic career, and we congratulate him on his achievements at international and domestic level,” Sutherland said. “He was a fierce competitor on the field who gave his all every time he represented his country. He was a skilful bowler who claimed more than 100 international wickets and enjoyed success against the best in the world.
“Doug has made a tremendous contribution to cricket in Australia across more than 15 years – we thank him for his service, and hope he remains involved in the game following his playing career.”