Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson has announced his international retirement with immediate effect to play Major League Cricket in the USA. Anderson has played 93 matches for New Zealand across three formats. He was also a part of the 2015 World Cup squad which reached the finals under Brendon McCullum.
He holds the record for hitting the quickest century in ODI cricket off just 36balls against New Zealand. Corey Anderson spoke about calling time on his career with Cricbuzz and the reason behind it.
“It’s been a huge honor and extremely proud to represent New Zealand. I would have loved to have achieved and played more but just is what it is sometimes, and different opportunities arise and send you in a direction you never thought would be a possibility. Very appreciative for everything that NZC has done for me” said the left-handed all-rounder.
Injuries Hampered Corey Anderson’s Career
Anderson’s career was hindered by a number of injuries. He had several stress fractures, groin injuries and chronic back issues which hampered his progress as a player. Anderson, who turns 30 next Sunday, played his final game for New Zealand way back in November 2018.
Corey Anderson also spoke at length on the thought process after making his move to retire from the game and the future beyond.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision. I asked myself several questions. What do I want to do now or what do I want to achieve in the next two years, five years, 10 years? As you get older you think about life a little bit more broadly as well.
And obviously, my fiance, Mary Margaret, who’s born and raised in America, she’s had a massive part to play in that because she’s sacrificed so much for me, by moving to New Zealand, getting immersed in a different culture there and, and supporting me through a lot of tough times with injuries and time out of cricket” said Anderson.
Corey Anderson is the recent most high profile signing in the Major League Cricket after the roped in Pakistan’s Sami Aslam and South Africa’s Dane Piedt into their fold.