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Legendary Irish cricketer Trent Johnston to retire

The Australian-born player will bow out following the ICC InterContinental Cup final in Dubai

Johnston has captained Ireland on 60 occasions.
Johnston has captained Ireland on 60 occasions.

TRENT JOHNSON, WHO has played 186 times for Ireland since his debut in 2004, will retire from international and representative cricket in December, it has been confirmed.

The Irish cricketing legend will bow out following the ICC InterContinental Cup final in Dubai, which follows the World Twenty20 Qualifiers.

The 39-year-old, who has been an integral part of the significant steps made by the Irish cricket team in recent years, said of the decision:

“It’s been a difficult decision and I’ve racked my brains ever since I came back from the UAE in March. It’s becoming harder to recover after matches now, so much so that I can hardly walk for a couple of days.

“Indeed after that UAE tour, it took me a full week to recover and my young son Charlie and daughter Claudia were having to pull on and off my socks, so that was quite embarrassing!

“I knew then my time was limited and although it would have been great to play in another World Cup in Australia, it was just beyond me. It’s time to move on to new things and gives Phil the chance to find somebody to replace me. After talking with my wife Vanessa and my agent Niall Woods we made the decision to hang them up.”

Ireland coach Phil Simmons added:

“Trent has been one of the pillars of this team. He’s been incredibly consistent and gotten vital wickets at crucial times spearheading the bowling unit.

“His experience has been invaluable, his dedication and work ethic has been exceptional and second to none. He has the total respect of all players who have played with him over nearly ten years in Irish cricket. I would like to thank him for all he has done for Irish Cricket and wish him well in his future career.”

Johnston captained Ireland 60 times in total, including at the 2007 World Cup, in which the team performed above expectations and pulled off a famous shock victory over Pakistan.

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