New Zealand news February 19, 2013

Lou Vincent retires from all cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lou Vincent, the New Zealand batsman, has announced his retirement from all cricket. He made the announcement on Monday evening via Twitter.

An occasional wicketkeeper, Vincent, 34, played 23 Tests and 102 ODIs for New Zealand, the last of which was in December 2007. Then he signed with the now defunct Indian Cricket League - by joining the unsanctioned Twenty20 league, he was temporarily barred from playing for New Zealand and lost his central contract. He followed up with a stint in English county cricket, and later played domestic Twenty20 cricket in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, apart from turning out for Auckland on the New Zealand domestic circuit.

Vincent battled depression during the course of his career, which he had to monitor through medication. The condition, he had said, affected his "hunger for cricket" at one of his lower points.

He had a brilliant start to Test cricket in 2001, scoring 104 and 54 while opening the innings in Perth, against an Australian attack that included Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. However, consistency eluded him in his career and he finished with 1332 runs at 34.15. His highest score of 224 came against Sri Lanka in April 2005 in Wellington, in a Test New Zealand won by an innings.

In ODIs, Vincent finished with 2413 runs at 27.11. He played 98 first-class games and 220 List A games in all. His last competitive cricket was in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, for Khulna Royal Bengals.

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  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    I met Lou at the local supermarket called countdown in Westgate, watching him playing against australia here in eden park, He didn't effect the score, also I saw him closely at colin maiden park where Pakistan played a t20 against auckland access. but nonetheless he was one of the best fielder and fast runs scoring batsman. close to the boundryline I only saw him so freindly with local people compare to other players. He is living in Kaukapakapa. where we used to buy lambs from a local farmer for meat. Wish you all the best.

  • Ashqar on February 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    i saw that test against AUS.....that time AUS was unbeatable and bowling attack was legendary.....but vincent prove everybody wrong specially steve waugh that time.....

  • Andy on February 20, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I shall miss his laconic style and wafts outside the off-stump - all the best Lou, top man!!

  • Brady on February 19, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Good cricketer and great character - I still remember that test in Perth where he made his debut.

  • Imraan on February 19, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    My heart says to you without any hesitation and blushing that I would like you to coach Zimbabwe where most of the players would respect your coaching and ability to help them getting better and better under you, Lou Vincent. I will always remember you as a Kiwi Batsman as equally as Sussex batsman. I wish you good luck for your future, LOU VINCENT.

  • ian on February 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Bye Lou, Thnaks mate for making this wondergame sport that little bit more fun.

    No more Camper Van parked at Canterbury, Kent.


  • balaji on February 19, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I bet the stats put in his twitter status was retrieved from espncricinfo! Anyway good luck mate for rest of your life.... i always see him as a great fielder and i still remember the one handed diving catch near the boundary rope where his pants came down

  • Habib Rahman on February 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    alll the best lou wishing your success for your future life ..........

  • Satish on February 19, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Awww man another fun character derparts from cricket hope to see him in some kind of broadcasting manner.Vincent+Morrison=total wildness.#respect

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Saw your announcement on Facebook mate. Best of luck with next stage in your career .

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