Australian Test player Alex Doolan has called it time on his first-class cricket career. In a career spanning over 13 years, Doolan has featured in 118 first-class games and scored 6824 runs. He has also played 42 List A matches and 27 T20 games, scoring 1336 runs and 409 runs, respectively.
The right-handed batsman received his first break in the Australian Test squad during the 2013-14 Ashes. However, he made his Test debut in 2014, in a clash against South Africa at Centurion. He featured in four Test matches for his side and amassed 191 runs in them.
Alex Doolan, who has played alongside Ricky Ponting, has proven himself as a very capable batsman. He is only the eighth player to play more than 100 first-class games for his side. One of his best performances that attracted the attention of national selectors was his unbeaten 161 for Australia A against South Africa in 2012.
Another notable performance by the Tasmanian player is the 2012-2013 season of the Sheffield Shield. During that season, he scored 876 runs at an average of 51.52.
“Not tough at all, really,” Alex said on his decision to retire. “I pretty much came up with it around Christmas time, I had two weeks off over Christmas while the Big Bash was going on and it was just a bit too good to refuse.
“It was probably the first time in 11 or 12 years I’ve had a proper Christmas off. So I made the call then and I’ve been very comfortable with it ever since. I felt I was still contributing really well to the team, but the team’s also progressed to the point where a lot of younger players are coming through, filling those spaces and looking to take the next step as well.
“You can’t play forever and sometimes it’s just time to get out of the way and let the next crop come through.“