Former Australia Test opener, Ed Cowan had announced his retirement from professional cricket on Wednesday.
His last first-class game for New South Wales ended in a 23-run defeat at the hands of Victoria. It also resulted in NSW’s exit from Sheffield Shield title race.
The batsman won’t be part of the final game against Queensland next week.
The stylish batter has 10,097 runs in 143 first-class matches, in a career that spanned over 15 years.
Cowan last turned out for Australia in 2013 and had scored 1001 runs in 18 matches overall. He had also represented Tasmania in 53 games.
I will cherish the memories: Cowan
“It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m grateful for all those who contributed along the way,” Cowan said. “I’ll always cherish the great memories and friendships that the game has afforded me. I feel incredibly lucky to have played around the world with so many great people over such a long period of time.
“I’m indebted to NSW Cricket, which invested a lot of time, money and energy in me from a young age,” he said. “It’s equally as important to recognise everyone at Cricket Tasmania, who were hugely formative in my career.”
The batsman will continue his association with Premier Cricket and will play for Sydney University.
“I have loved the game from my earliest days and feel incredibly lucky to still do so. At this stage, I will continue to play Premier Cricket with Sydney University for the remainder of this season and beyond as we aim for successive titles.”
The southpaw has played just five out of NSW’s nine games, scoring 336 runs this season.
He was the leading run-scorer in the 2016-17 Sheild season. Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones lauded Cowan’s phenomenal career and said the cricketer’s desire to work hard and learn has helped him achieve success.
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