Media Release November 26, 2003

Statement issued by Steve Waugh

This morning I sent letters to Bob Merriman, James Sutherland and Trevor Hohns of Cricket Australia, advising of my intention to retire from international cricket, as both Captain and player, at the completion of the Indian Series in Australia.

The upcoming Sydney Test will be my last for Australia, should I be selected to play.

My present form and fitness suggests I could play on, however all good things must come to an end. Sydney is the perfect place to finish.

The last 12 months have been amongst the most challenging and also the most rewarding of my career. During the last year, the support of the public has been an inspiration for me.

I have enjoyed playing cricket for my country and wish to thank all my team mates - both past and present - for their support, friendship and loyalty to me, first as a player and then as a captain. I wish them all, and Cricket Australia, every success in the coming years.

I also must mention the opposition players, on all levels and from all countries, who have assisted in shaping my cricketing career. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play against, and socialise with each and every one of you. Thank you.

Perhaps by far the best outcome for me as an individual in retiring is the opportunity to now spend quality time with my family. Lynette, Rosie, Austin and Lilly have supported my cricket ambitions in a selfless manner. I look forward now to the opportunity to spend time with them as a more traditional family unit.

Finally, a thank you to the media, for your support over these years. I look forward to seeing you over the course of the Indian series.