Thatscricket - News - Tom Moody quits international cricket
Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Perth: Former Australian Test and One-day cricketer Tom Moody, one of the longest-serving Western Australian captains, announced here on Tuesday he will retire immediately as a player. Moody, who led his side to an outright Sheffield Shield victory over South Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth on Monday, had been expected to skipper the state team in their remaining two Shield matches before taking up a new appointment with Worcester County Cricket Club. He said he had been influenced to quit a few weeks earlier than planned because his side had no realistic chance of qualifying for the Shield final later in the month. Western Australia still have a theoretical opportunity to reach the play-off for the title, but this could happen only if teams at the top of the ladder fail to capture points in their remaining qualifying outings. Moody had already announced he would quit Western Australia at the end of the season to become Director of Cricket with Worcester. Moody, 35, revealed in December he had signed a three-year deal with the club and would spend most of his time in England with his wife and family. He has been captain of Worcester for the past five seasons, having spent a total of eight seasons at New Road after previously playing for neighbouring Warwickshire. Moody said at the time he had chosen to stay with Worcester after considering another offer from Middlesex. Moody is seen as the finest all-rounder produced by Western Australia. He has played for the State in 145 first-class matches, more than any other Western Australian. He skippered his State in 41 Shield matches - a figure exceeded only by former Test batsmen John Inverarity and Graeme Wood, who each led Western Australia 47 times in the domestic competition. He played for Australia in eight Tests and 76 One-day Internationals.