Australian left-arm bowler Doug Bollinger announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 36-year-old, fondly called “Douggie” by his mates represented Australia in 12 tests and 39 ODI’s and 9 T20 took 121 scalps overall. He is known for bowling long spells and his left arm angle from over the wicket was found to be difficult for most of the right-handers across the world.
Young Bollinger started playing cricket at an age of 15 with Seven Hills Toongabbie RSL cricket club and was found to be a nightmare for the opponents. He also represented New blues at the early stages of his career and played under greats Steve Waugh, Ponting and Clarke.
“It’s been a great ride “
Bollinger thanked all his fans for their continued support throughout his career and had a heartfelt message for them. He mentioned ” I met so many wonderful people and achieved the ultimate ambition of playing test cricket for Australia. A special thanks to all great people at cricket NSW who helped me on my journey”.
He also put forward the support from his family without which he wouldn’t have excelled in his career. He said “Now it’s time for next stage of my life with my wife Tegan and children Skye and Liam. I couldn’t have achieved everything I have without them”.
Doug Bollinger gave it his all with every ball he bowled. Here's a snippet of some of his best work after he called time on a great career pic.twitter.com/XkPWdcV4II
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 5, 2018
It is noted that Bollinger took 290 wickets for the blues and he has taken three hat-trick hauls.
NSW CEO lauds Bollinger
“Doug was larger than life presence on and off the field. Finishing his career as ninth on the list of NSW first-class wicket takers and playing all three forms of the game for Australia is a remarkable achievement given he did not play cricket until he was 15” said cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones.
After a career spanning 15 years and an astonishing 290 wickets for NSW, Doug Bollinger has today announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
— NSW Blues (@CricketNSWBlues) February 4, 2018
Bollinger represented Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes in BBL. He also represented Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and took 37 scalps in 27 matches.
We wish Bollinger a Happy retired life from all of us at Cricfit.