County news July 9, 2012

Di Venuto retires from county cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Di Venuto, the Durham batsman, has retired from county cricket with immediate effect after six years with the club.

Di Venuto, 37, scored 6488 first-class runs for Durham since joining in 2007 including a tally of 1654 in 2009 when the county won the second of their back-to-back Championship titles. However, this season he had averaged 29.10 from five matches and decided he could no longer reach the levels required for the first-class game.

"My body won't allow me to prepare and play the way I want," he said. "I set high standards for myself and if I was to continue playing then it would be below these standards. While I know I still have some quality short form cricket in me, the day in day out nature of first-class cricket I physically can't do anymore.

"My time at Durham has been incredible. To play with a great bunch of blokes in some history making teams is something that I will cherish and look back on fondly. My family and I have loved our time in the North East and have some wonderful memories to take home with us. I'd like to thank everyone involved with the club for making our time here so enjoyable. We will miss Durham CCC."

Geoff Cook, the head coach said: "Michael has been a prolific run scorer for the club during his time here and is a much respected player, who will be greatly missed. He has proved to be a real inspiration on the field and the knowledge and guidance he has shared with our squad, especially the batsmen, has encouraged growth within the side.

"Michael should be incredibly proud of his time here at Durham and we wish him all the very best with his future endeavours."

Prior to his lengthy stay at Durham, Di Venuto, who appeared in nine one-day internationals for Australia, also played for Derbyshire and Sussex

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  • Andrew on July 12, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @AKS286 - DiVenuto is Ozzy, with Italian heritage living in England.

  • Christopher on July 11, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @waheed1233...retiring in the middle of a season unannounced when your form looks excellent suggests that there are forces are at work other than age or ailment.I doubt that brilliant decision making or an act of grace had anything to do with it.His last 1st class game 96 and subsequent 2nd eleven 156* barely suggest physical or any other difficulties and as @Patrick Clarke has pointed out,were it a considered decision,the next game with the clubs full support and thanks for years of dedicated and successful service represents a much more probable hypothesis.I wait with interest for a better explanation of the facts as they are known,from Di Venuto himself.As for age,as long as performance commands it and the law forbids discrimination,a man should be allowed to ply his trade to whatever age he successfully can.Bradman regarded Hobbs as the finest technician he saw & uses a photo of him playing in his book,'The Art of Cricket'. Sir Jack was far older than Di Venuto when he retired.

  • Anupam on July 10, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    many batsman were faded due to no rotation policy really i miss Maher, love, law, elliot, blewett, hodge

  • Anupam on July 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    he is a good player. no rotation policy in Oz so he did't got much opportunity. we will miss you. he is a citizen of which country italy, Oz, eng ?

  • Shaikh on July 10, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    A brilliant cricketer...looking at his form and his performance in the last few matches, its obvious that he knows when is the ideal time to retire...retiring at a time when you are still playing good cricket leaves a mark of the individual's brilliance as well......a point to learn for all the existing 37-year olders who have promised to play with their children in the same team......

  • Adrian on July 10, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    He was 38, not 37. In fact, he was almost 39!

  • Christopher on July 10, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Something is odd about this announcement.If you look at his last 10 innings,his form looks very good.He made a 96 in his last 1st class match and has two other hundreds in other matches.What seems more interesting is that his last innings less than 3 weeks ago of 156* was in the 2nd eleven. It certainly gives the impression of a different explanation for his sudden departure. As @Patrick Clarke has observed,there could have been a far more reasoned send off. Congratulations to Micheal Di Venuto. He played for Australia when standards were very high and was a born entertainer who also exhibited substance.He hints strongly at T20 and would be a reasonable fit.I wish him every success and thank him for the entertainment.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    A pity he's decided to go now, just before Durham play at Arundel, one of the most picturesque and iconic grounds in England and usually well-attended. He would have been sure of a great send-off if he had played there and announced it as his last match, especially given he used to play for Sussex but I'm glad I at least saw his magnificent innings at Taunton back in May. Thanks for the memories, Michael.

  • Andrew on July 10, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Wonder if this means he'll go on the T20 world tour? Some reasonable coin to be made in SL & Bangladesh leagues.

  • Peter on July 9, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    A career you can look back on with pride. You emerged as a teenager, with Ponting, to help place Tasmania on the map after David Boon's presence. At your peak, you were unfortunate to be around when the Aussies had a great batting lineup. At least Stu Law played a test, you deserved to but the talent was very rich. I can recall some wonderful one day onnings, but I know you held the five day game as the ultimate tes. I am glad Durham got to see your talents & I know you speak highly of the county, perhaps further involvement is a posssibility. Well wishes in your retirement, Champion.

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