South African legend retires March 14, 2005

Cullinan signs off in style

Cricinfo staff



Daryll Cullinan batting against England in 1994 © Getty Images
One of South Africa's most controversial batsmen signed off from first-class cricket on Sunday. Daryll Cullinan, Titans' captain, finished his career with a first-innings hundred which helped to ensure that Western Province-Boland would not qualify to defend their SuperSport title in the final later this week.

Cullinan, who turned 38 last week, told the Cape Argus that while he was still hitting the ball as well as ever, he knew he had made the right decision to retire. "My eyes and hands are good and if I wanted to go on I could," he explained. "But the game has changed, and now is the time to move on."

Cullinan made 70 Test appearances for South Africa, scoring 4554 runs at 44.21 as well as winning 138 ODI caps. He will now concentrate on his work as a television commentator and also his coaching centre in Johannesburg.