Cairns mulls retirement on eve of SA Test
Chris Cairns was reported to be ready to announce his retirment from Test cricket after the crucial third Test against South Africa.india Updated: Mar 26, 2004 15:26 IST
Record-breaking New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns was reported to be ready to announce his retirment from Test cricket after the crucial third Test against South Africa which started in Wellington on Friday.
The man who put South Africa to the sword in the second Test in Auckland and then confirmed his place as one of the best all-rounders in the game is poised to quit Test matches at the end of the series, The New Zealand Herald said.
It is understood that Cairns, 33, will drop out of the five-day game, but will remain available for one-day internationals, meaning he could still be involved in the upcoming tri-series in England and the International Cricket Council's Champions Trophy in September, also in England.
Cairns did not want to comment on the retirement speculation, but sources confirmed he was planning to retire his Test shirt after the Wellington match and that speculation over his future was not misplaced.
His manager, Lianne McGoldrick, said Cairns was anxious to leave any announcement until after the series against South Africa.
"Chris won't be making a decision until the season is finished," McGoldrick said.
"He doesn't want anything to detract from the team's focus."
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 and are poised for a historic first ever series win over South Africa.
One of the key ingredients in the push to win the series, Cairns scored a brilliant 158 in the second Test and is expected to again figure prominently when in the final Test.
The son of popular allrounder Lance, Cairns made his international debut in 1989 against the Australians at Perth.
His barn-storming 158 at Eden Park last weekend was his fifth century, and his three second-innings wickets carried him into the company of the world's greatest allrounders, those players who have managed to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets.