Hervey Bay’s international Hauritz announces retirement

NATHAN Hauritz has played his last game in Australia.

Hauritz, a Hervey Bay junior, played only one game for Melbourne Renegades during this year's Big Bash League, and is about to leave Dubai where he will play for Sagittarius Scorpions in the Masters Champions League.

Hauritz played his junior cricket for Cavaliers, and in 2011 was honoured by Hervey Bay Cricket Association when one of their three Urangan cricket fields was named "Hauritz Oval".

Nathan Hauritz day at Hervey Bay cricket grounds - the opening of Hauritz Oval. (L) Nathan, Julie, Dianne, Simone Weekes and Terry. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Nathan Hauritz day at Hervey Bay cricket grounds - the opening of Hauritz Oval. (L) Nathan, Julie, Dianne, Simone Weekes and Terry. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The 34-year-old told Fairfax Media he toyed with retirement after he finished with Sydney Thunder at the end of last year's Big Bash League.

""I was toying with it after I played with the [Sydney] Thunder and found out I wasn't going back there [after last season]. . . but I got an offer from the Renegades at the same time, because they want to play two spinners," he said.

"It was really tough that I wasn't playing and training at that level anymore to get straight into it. I felt the pressure a lot more than I usually had. This year, I felt that if things weren't 100 per cent right - I started to feel I was done - I don't want to go through more heartache or disappointment, [just] to try and finish on a high."

Hauritz played 17 Tests, 58 One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals for Australia during his 15-year playing career.

  • Tests: 63 wickets at an average of 34.98, and scored 426 runs at 25.05. Best bowling: 5-53 (v Pakistan, Sydney, 2010)
  • ODI: 63 wickets at 34.15 and scored 336 runs at 22.40. Best bowling: 4-29 (v South Africa, Durban, 2009)
  • T20I: two wickets at 23.5 and six runs at 3.0. Best bowling: 1-20 (v Pakistan, Dubai, 2009)
  • Stats via http://www.espncricinfo.com.
Nathan Hauritz with the Big Bash League trophy. Photo Contributed
Nathan Hauritz with the Big Bash League trophy. Photo Contributed Contributed