Former Australia quick Bollinger retires
Doug Bollinger, one of the more colourful characters in the recent history of Australian cricket, has retired at the age of 36.
Former Australia fast bowler Doug Bollinger has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket ahead of the new Sheffield Shield season.
Now 36, Bollinger played 12 Tests, 39 one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s for his country between 2009 and 2014.
His international records in all three formats were impressive, but his Test career ended on a disappointing note as, lacking fitness, he struggled in the Adelaide Ashes Test of 2010 and was not picked again thereafter.
Bollinger claimed 290 first-class wickets for New South Wales, making him the state's third most successful paceman of all time behind Geoff Lawson and Mike Whitney.
"To play for 15 or 16 seasons with the SCG as my home ground has been amazing," said Bollinger, who also represented Worcestershire in England as well as starring in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League.
"It's been a great ride. I met so many wonderful people and achieved the ultimate ambition of playing Test cricket for Australia."
Doug Bollinger. An absolute treat to play with, ever the entertainer and never a wicket too flat. One of the greats to don the baggy blue. Congratulations mate, look forward to celebrating with you.— Moises Henriques (@Mozzie21) February 5, 2018
A hugely enthusiastic on-field presence, Bollinger was something of a cult hero for many cricket lovers.
Sydney Sixers general manager Dom Remond added: "He is an absolute crowd favourite and his humour and entertainment factor will be missed. We wish him and his family well in their next chapter and congratulate him on a fabulous career."