Pacer Reiffel retires from first-class cricket

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Former Australian fast bowler Paul Reiffel on Wednesday announced his retirement from first-class cricket. He said his resignation was immediate and he would not play in Victoria's Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales (NSW) in Sydney, starting on Friday. Victorian chairman of selectors Shaun Graf said 35-year-old Reiffel's retirement came as a surprise. "The decision came somewhat of a shock to us, but we respect Paul's decision and thank him for his enormous contribution to his team during his career, in particular the last two seasons as captain," Graf said Wednesday. Reiffel, who made his first-class debut in 1987-88, played 35 Tests for Australia and was a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning Australian team. He captured 104 wickets at 26.96 in Tests with a best of six for 71. But his domestic season this season has not been as successful, interrupted by injury, which has restricted him to four matches and 10 wickets. Reiffel was scheduled to give a media conference on his retirement on Thursday.

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