Australia news January 29, 2011

Knee injury forces Nathan Bracken to retire


Nathan Bracken, who was ranked the world's No.1 ODI bowler in 2008, has finally bowed to his aching body and retired from all forms of the game. Bracken, 33, last played for Australia in England two years ago and has since suffered from a chronic knee injury that has limited his appearances for New South Wales.

Bracken, a left-arm bowler, played five Tests but was best known as a suffocating limited-overs specialist. His 174 ODI wickets places him sixth on Australia's list and his contribution was often under-rated.

He could swing the ball early in the innings but was equally effective at the death and was a key member of the 2007 World Cup triumph in the Caribbean. In 2009, he was Australia's ODI player of the Year after being picked in the ICC's World ODI Team the previous year.

Bracken may face another operation just to stabilise the joint to ensure he can have "good use of the knee in the future". "I really have enjoyed my cricket both internationally and domestically, but unfortunately knee injuries have taken their toll," he said. "I have had a strong rehabilitation from my last operation and have also looked at altering my bowling action to reduce any further damage in my knee, which would have enabled me to continue playing. But it hasn't responded."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Piyush on January 31, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    He was an under-rated bowler,maybe because he didn't play too many tests.His swingers were the best,equally good as Bond,Lee,Pollock and others.

  • Andrew on January 31, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist - right you are re: injuries, funny how the poms have bleated on a few occassions this series about them having a 2nd string bowling line up. I do like the idea of a specialist coaches for the 3 formats or combined short format. @Okakaboka - I suppose if you go on the premise of "you're only as good as your last game" - Nannes looks pretty good in ODIs. I don't think he's been that great in List As this year - but probably deserves a shot at the 50/50 WC instead of Tait. I am a big fan of Stuey Clark - but he was definately a better Test bowler than ODI. I don't rate Siddle for ODIs - keep as a Test specialist where a bit of endurance counts. Siddle is the sort of bowler who will bust a gut all day (plenty of practise against the Poms!), - I think that is better suited to Tests. I think he bowls to straight (middle & leg stump) for ODIs. I mean after 17 games an economy 0f 4.6 rpo does not make up for a S/Rate of 50. MJ has a S/R of 32 & eco of 5rpo - I'd take MJ anyday!

  • Anurag on January 31, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Sad News for every Aussie fan.

  • Tim on January 31, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Thanks Bracks, great Aussie bowler and great for NSW too :) enjoy 'retirement'

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    its sad that the game is losing some really good players.bracken was a very under-rated bowler..infact when the game was dominated by the mcgraths, the lee's...brackens role was very crucial....his performance would quite often go unoticed...cricketers around the world would acknoweldge the fact that he was quite a challenging bowler to deal with..we admire his contributions not only for the aussie team but for the game he has been a great embassador...!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    very sad to see such a great player leaving cricket due to injuries... :( I really liked his bowling... He was always a great danger for gd batsmen... and was a great asset for AU after MG...will miss him during AU matches..

  • Mathan on January 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    He is a nice and talented player..... Its very sad to hear this news..... Definitely we need this kind of player for this modern cricket.... Wish him very good luck in the future....

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    I totally agree , he is surely one of the best swingers , but not satisfactory exit from international cricket , he should have retired like Ntini (another gr8 bowler) did . He was surely always under rated. I would luv to se him as Indian bowling coach... maybe he can teach indian bowlers some the end HATS OFF to one of the greatest bowler,.. will always be remembered......

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    My fav lefty bowler in the world.. sad to see him retire.. HE was one of the guy who made aussie team freaking strong!

  • Adrian on January 30, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    He should have played more test cricket than he did. A pity he has retired.

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