Oz bowler Kasprowicz announces retirement

Sydney, Feb.7 : Former Australian Test seamer Michael Kasprowicz has announced he will retire from cricket after Queensland's home one-day match against Western Australia on Saturday.

The long-serving Queensland quick - who turns 36 on Sunday - says he feels its time to give the state's younger pacemen a chance to finish out the season, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Kasprowicz made his first class debut as a 17-year-old in 1989-90. He played 38 Tests for Australia - the last in South Africa in April, 2006 - and captured 113 wickets at 32.88 with a best of 7-36.

He also played 43 one day internationals (67 wickets at 24.98) and two Twenty20 internationals (five wickets at 11.40).

He became Queensland's leading wicket taker in 2003-04.

Kasprowicz's 19-year-long stint in the game has taken a toll of his body. In the past, he has suffered from a back injury, and last summer had back and groin problems, which cost him his Cricket Australia deal. This season, he has had by calf and groin injury concerns.

Story first published: Thursday, February 7, 2008, 13:59 [IST]
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