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Michael Bevan retires from first-class cricket

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 08:45 IST

Michael Bevan announced his immediate retirement from first-class cricket on Wednesday, ending a career that included two World Cup wins with Australia.

The 36-year-old Bevan said persistent injuries had prompted him to end his career after scoring 6,912 runs in 232 limited-overs internationals for Australia, including six centuries, at an average of 53.58.

Bevan also played 18 tests for Australia, scoring 785 runs at 29.07, and appeared in 237 first-class matches for New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

He also played for English county sides Kent, Leicestershire, Sussex and Yorkshire and was a useful left-arm spin bowler. He was part of the 1999 and 2003 World Cup-winning sides and had a reputation as one of the best late-innings batsmen in the game, but was dumped from the Australian team in early 2004. Bevan has spent the past three seasons as a player and assistant coach with Tasmania state after more than a decade at New South Wales.

He will continue in a reduced coaching role with Tasmania but will return to live in Sydney beginning next week. "It got to the stage where injuries and pain were holding back my motivation, and it got to the stage where I was finding it hard to get up for matches and that was probably a pretty clear indication that it was time to move on," Bevan said.

Bevan made his first-class debut for South Australia in 1989-90, making a century in his first innings, before returning to New South Wales the following season. He spent 14 years with the Blues before signing to play domestic cricket and get experience in coaching with Tasmania in 2004-05.

Bevan also won the domestic first-class cricket player of the year in 2004-05 after scoring a record 1,464 runs at 97.60 in the four-day competition. His last two seasons, however, were disrupted by knee and hip flexor injuries.