New Zealand news July 26, 2013

Reece Young quits first-class cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Reece Young, the wicketkeeper who played five Tests for New Zealand, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. Young, 33, said he quit to spend more time with his family and focus on a career outside of cricket.

Young made his Test debut against Pakistan in Hamilton in 2011 and played the last of his five Tests against Australia in Hobart in 2011-12. He scored 169 runs with a highest score of 57 and took eight catches. He had earlier toured Sri Lanka in 2009 and kept wicket in place of Brendon McCullum in the second innings of the first Test in Galle.

Young made his first-class debut for Auckland in 1998-99 and he is the most capped Auckland player with 97 first-class games and the team record holder with 258 dismissals. He also played two seasons for Canterbury, in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before returning to Auckland for his final season. In 126 first-class games, Young has scored 4633 runs with eight centuries and taken 321 catches. In 84 List A games, he has scored 1523 runs with one century and taken 84 catches.

"I am pleased to announce my retirement from first-class cricket," Young said. "I am proud of what I have achieved and will take away many great memories. However, I feel the time is right to move onto new challenges and prioritise my family and a post-cricket career. It's been a privilege to have made a career in cricket for so long.

"I have been fortunate enough to represent my country and play in winning Test sides, win domestic titles with Auckland and Canterbury and have a lot of fun along the way."

Young has been involved in Triumph & Disaster, a men's grooming line founded by the former New Zealand fast bowler Dion Nash.

"The decision to finish my cricket career has come from a desire to focus on my family and career opportunities outside of cricket. I have been fortunate to gain some experience in recent months with Triumph & Disaster, a fast-growing company I'm excited to be involved with.

"I have also been fortunate to work over the past four to five years with the Players Association's careers programme, building my experiences outside of cricket and learning business skills. This has helped me gain skills and experience and given me confidence to move away from cricket and into a post-cricket career."

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  • GREG on July 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    His last test was the famous victory against Australia at Hobart - not a bad way to finish his career. You would assume that had Young managed at least one good score in that 2 test series he would have most likely secured his spot in the team a little longer. All the best in retirement Reece!!

  • Steve on July 27, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Given a chance too late and dropped too soon. Story of many deserving cricketers who languish in the shadows of their more illustrious colleagues. Glad that he has mapped out his future and can look for a life beyond playing field. Best of luck to him.

  • Vishwaksena on July 27, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    for a guy whoo had played 126 first class games @ age of 33 , with chance of internatuional return looking dark , its a good decision as it gives some young guy chance to prove himself . Should have ended up with minimum of 5000 runs before hanging up if he was good enough to play for nz .

  • jared on July 27, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    i know this is an article about reece young but i was a bit harsh on sinclair here so would like to retract that comment, i thought the nz media article on sinclairs retirement was a disgrace, an unfair reflection on a guy at the end of his carear not knowing what his future options are, thats unfortunate for him but good on young for securing his future before retiring, i think there is a player coach role in marlborough, sinclair should look at those sort of options, good luck to both guys for the future

  • Nicholas on July 26, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Is this a Triumph or a Disaster?!

  • jared on July 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    good to see a first class cricketer using the programs nz cricket put in place to make sure they have the skills to enter the work force at the end of their cricket carrears unlike matthew sinclair who signed up for the dole. good time for young to retire, wicket keeper is always a strength of nz cricket, the keepers coming through are pretty good, latham, seifert, fletcher, cachopa are solid prospects so young was probably on the outer anyway. a good player that never quite made it in my opinion, wish him all the best for the future.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    That's a shame - he was one of my favourite Kiwi cricketers. He was seriously under-rated and was a better option that KvW in my view. Best of luck to him

  • Ryan on July 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Got dropped prematurely after the Hobart test. Should have been given a longer run. Watling was knocking the door down at the time I guess. Best of luck to him.

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