Hilfenhaus retires from first-class cricket


Former Australia seamer Ben Hilfenhaus has retired from first-class cricket at the age of 32.

Tasmania quick Hilfenhaus, who took 99 wickets in 27 Tests at an average of 28.50, will no longer play in the Sheffield Shield after being troubled by injury.

But Hilfenhaus will continue to feature in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars.

He told Cricket Australia's website: "I've had to make a decision with regards to my body not being able to perform at the level I'd like in four-day cricket anymore.

"Everyone gets old eventually and after a little bit of thinking, I think this is my best way forward - to hang up the boots from the red-ball game. It's getting harder and harder to back up day after day and bowl the amount of overs that's required for four-day cricket.

"I've had a problem with my hamstring attachment for pretty much the whole summer. That hasn't really gone away which tells me I need a little break from the game for the short-term, have a mini pre-season and get myself fit and strong and ready to play white-ball cricket for the Melbourne Stars."

Hilfenhaus said he will end any hopes of a Test comeback with no regrets that he only needed one more wicket to reach the century mark for his country.

"I'll definitely take that," he said."Over the past few years I've had a few niggles and things that have affected the way I've performed in red-ball cricket and it is what it is.

"To get the opportunity to play one Test was a great honour, so to play 27, I would have taken that at the start of my career, that's for sure.

"At the end of the day it's just a number, isn't it? Ninety-nine or 100 [wickets]. I didn't start playing the game for personal accolades of taking 'x' amount of wickets or whatever.

"I'm thankful and really honoured that I got the chance to play one Test match. That's where it sits with me and it was a real thrill to represent my country."