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New Zealand offspinner Will Somerville announces retirement

He played six Tests and claimed seven wickets on debut against Pakistan

Will Somerville made a big impact on his Test debut  •  AFP

Will Somerville made a big impact on his Test debut  •  AFP

Former New Zealand offspinner Will Somerville will retire from the professional game at the end of the domestic season.
Somerville played six Tests between 2018 and 2021, taking 15 wickets, seven of which came on debut in Abu Dhabi where he helped New Zealand to a 123-run victory over Pakistan.
"I've achieved more than what I thought I could achieve after becoming a professional cricketer at 30-years old," he said. "I've played nine seasons professionally and loved every minute of it."
Somerville began his first-class career with Otago in 2004-05 before moving to Australia where, after a gap of six years, he represented New South Wales between 2014-15 and 2017-18. He also played in the BBL for Sydney Sixers.
On returning home he joined Auckland in 2018-19 and earned an international call-up for the series against Pakistan in the UAE. In early 2020 he had the opportunity to play against Australia, a side featuring a number of former New South Wales team-mates, at the SCG. His last Test came against India in Mumbai in late 2021.
Somerville will play his last first-class game against Central Stags in Nelson early next month. Ahead of the ongoing around of Plunket Shield matches he had 156 first-class wickets at 29.57.
"Will is an all-round wonderful human being and is certainly the 'Dad' of the changing room," Auckland coach Doug Watson said. "His calmness and humility as well as his skilful bowling will be greatly missed by the boys."