New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has said he will assess when the right time to retire is at the end of next year's World T20. Elliott will close 37 during the course of the tournament that runs from March 11 to April 3 in India.
"I've enjoyed it so much in this environment, it really has been rewarding playing with the guys and the way that the culture has changed has been awesome. As long as I'm enjoying it and performing I'll play as long as I can," Elliott said in Wellington at an event, according to Stuff.co.nz. "You spend quite a bit of time away from home, and there are work opportunities, so I'll just assess it at the end of the World T20. I really want to aim towards that and it'd be great to play in two World Cups within a year."
The first of those World Cups Elliott was referring to was the 50-over showpiece in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, where he grabbed the spotlight by lifting Dale Steyn for six off the penultimate ball of a thrilling semi-final in Auckland. That shot sent New Zealand into their first World Cup final and raised the interest in the game to arguably the highest it has ever been in the country.
Six months on from that electric night, the attention around cricket and himself is yet to die down, Elliott said. "I've never really played cricket for the attention; but it's great to get positive attention rather than negative… People [still] come up and say 'thanks a lot'. Everyone remembers where they were during that semi-final," he said. "We have amazing memories as a team.
"To see the kids now, how the World Cup has inspired them, and see the impact you can make as a player, is pretty special. Everyone who played in that World Cup, wherever you go, you can see kids and feel like you've had a part to play in their career, or their choice of sport."
New Zealand's next international assignment is a three-Test series in Australia, starting on November 5.