Australia domestic news November 22, 2011

Beau Casson retires from all cricket at 28

ESPNcricinfo staff

Beau Casson, the Australia and New South Wales (NSW) spinner, has retired from all forms of cricket at the age of 28 because of a heart condition. He played one Test for Australia, against West Indies in June 2008, and 53 first-class games.

Casson has a heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot, for which he required surgery at a very young age. The condition worsened recently and, according to his doctors, it could turn life threatening if he continues to play. In October, Casson had to leave a Sheffield Shield match between NSW and South Australia at the Adelaide Oval after a recurrence of the problem.

"I'd like to thank Cricket NSW, and in particular David Gilbert [Cricket NSW's chief executive], for the opportunity to represent the Blues," Casson said. "I'd also like to thank my team-mates, who I have shared many memories with that I will never forget. Cricket has taken me places that I would only have dreamed of and for that I am very grateful. I will always appreciate the support I have received from my family and my partner Sally, and I look forward to the next chapter in my life".

Gilbert said Casson's decision was warranted. "Beau's decision to retire is very sad news, however, his health is all that matters. He is a popular and respected member of the NSW squad and will be greatly missed. We wish him the very best for the future."

Casson, a chinaman bowler, picked up three wickets in the one Test he played. Apart from NSW, he played first-class cricket for Western Australia and took 123 wickets at 43.04. Casson's best domestic season was in 2007-08, when he claimed 29 wickets in nine games to finish as NSW's second highest wicket-taker in a triumphant Pura Cup campaign.

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  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Shame to hear him have to retire. I have the same condition as Beau, but am 35. I have had to have 2 operations - one when i was 2 and one when 33. It is something you are born with and requires an operation(s). There will generally be the need for an operation every 20 years or so and it causes reduced cardio ability. I wish him well in the future.

  • david on November 22, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    hard luck fella. more important things than cricket, when it comes to your health. dpk

  • Garry on November 22, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Really disappointed for Beau that he has to give cricket away at this age. He's a top bloke, really genuine and certainly wish him all the best for the future. Hope he can still keep in touch with cricket in some capacity.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Very Sad news for cricket all over the world. A bowler of Beau Casson's calibre is retiring at the tender age of 28, can't believe. Only thing we wish that he health get better and live as healthy human being. Hope he will come out victorious after this serious health problem, if that happens then God is great and in India he has a lot of supporters. His bowling style is wonderful and that from the land of quality fast bowlers. May God give give him good health and allow him to play cricket again for NSW at least.....

  • Luke on November 22, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Good player. The First-Class scene is the weaker for having lost him.

  • Randolph on November 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Another victim of CA, bad luck mate

  • Bob on November 22, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    What a shame a great young talented cricketer who was an effective spin bowler and was effective as a lower order batsmen. I wish him all the best for his future.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Sad News. I guess the "One Test" book that was published recently here - all about Australian cricketers playing just one Test Match - will have to be updated.

  • Ramachandra on November 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Sad to hear the news. Hope that he recovers well & his life goes on smoothly in whatever career he chooses.

  • Anver on November 22, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Very sad end to his short career..... hope his health goes well & recovers soon !!!!!

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