Worcestershire fast-bowler Steve Magoffin has brought down curtains on his long first-class career by retiring from all forms of the game with immediate effect.
The 38-year old, who first joined Worcestershire in 2008, was re-signed from Sussex at the start of the ongoing season. However, the veteran pacer could make only six Championship appearances for the county this summer. Having made his first-class debut way back in 2004 for Western Australia, Magoffin is ending his first-class career with 597 wickets at an average of 23.60 with 27 five-wicket hauls and a best of 8-20.
He played for Sussex at county level for five years from 2012-17. He regularly picked up 50-plus wickets in each campaign for Sussex but never represented Australia.
Speaking after his decision, Magoffin expressed his disappointment over not playing international cricket before stating that he was proud of representing ‘some world-famous clubs.
“Like every professional cricketer there are things you want to achieve and, like everyone, I had aspirations to play at the absolute highest level,” Magoffin told the club website.
“I didn’t quite get there. But to play 160 first-class games in two different countries for some world-famous clubs and states is something I am immensely proud of.
“I don’t have any regrets. I think I’ve given absolutely everything I possibly could to my career and everything I could have possibly given to all the teams I have played for. That is something I will also look back on with pride,” he added.
Magoffin, meanwhile, will continue to ply his services for Worcestershire but this time as a coach in the county’s academy system. The veteran pacer, who also had spells at Leicestershire and Surrey, played 53 List A games and 12 T20 games. He picked up 66 wickets in the 50-over format and 9 in the shortest format of the game.