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Lou Vincent retires from all cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 19, 2013

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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by ashqarmahi 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.....

Posted by funkyandy 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!!

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (February 19, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

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

Posted by Sussexx 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.

Posted by tauranga 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.


Posted by thelostcricketer 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

Posted by HABIBJOY on (February 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

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

Posted by Thefakebook 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

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

All the best Lou Vincent...take proud of your deeds..Take care..!!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

One of the great unfulfilled talents of his era. On his day he was capable of putting any attack in world cricket to the sword.

Best of luck for all that lies before you, Lou: we'll miss you.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Well done boi!!! I almost believed that a recall to the ailing NZ cricket squad was around the corner a couple of months ago. All said; we wish you luck mate...

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Lou is an exciting and hard hitting batsman and should've been picked for the 20/20 and one day squad upon his return from Indian enforced exile from the game, as was the case with Shane Bond. Good luck mate!!

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 19, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

We will miss you lou. All the best for you

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

GooD luck Lou for the future!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 19, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

With you the very best in life Lou. You did your best for New Zealand. Enjoy retirement !

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