Hauritz announces retirement


Former Australia spinner Nathan Hauritz has announced his retirement from competitive cricket after failing to make an impact in the latest edition of the Big Bash League.

Hauritz, 34, featured in 17 Tests, 58 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for his country between 2002 and 2011, but was overlooked in the longest format after his surprise omission from Australia's 2010-11 Ashes squad.

He looked set to return for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, only to sustain a serious shoulder injury during an ODI against England in Hobart - which proved his final international outing.

Having lost his contract at Queensland in 2014, the off-spinner featured in last season's Big Bash for Sydney Thunder and was picked up by Melbourne Renegades this time around.

However, he played in only one match and returned disappointing figures of 0-29 from two overs as the Renegades were thrashed by Perth Scorchers.

"I competed as hard as I could, but I just felt that me competing as hard as I could wasn't good enough," Hauritz is quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"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.

"The highs and lows [are too much]. I need to get off that up-and-down rollercoaster and get back to a bit of normality in life.

"I have a lot of good memories, obviously a few bad ones mixed among them. But I'll definitely look back at my career very proud and very happy with what I achieved."