Auckland: New Zealand cricket all-rounder Dion Nash said on Thursday he was calling it quits on his injury plagued career.
Nash missed more Tests, 45, than he played, 32, and his latest injury, to his hip, brought an end to his tri-series campaign in Australia over the southern summer. He said that a scan on his hip had revealed stress-related problems with the bone and helped persuade him that the time was right to move in a different direction. "It's not just that this is one injury too many," he said. "It's also the stage I'm at in my life. My motivation, self-discipline and dedication to fight back from injury have been waning, and I think it's time to direct my energies elsewhere." Nash, 30, plans to travel overseas later in the year with his fiancee, former New Zealand netball captain Bernice Mene, before returning here to further his education. Nash also played 81 One-day Internationals and regards the two-run loss against South Africa at Brisbane in the 1997-98 tri-series as one of his biggest disappointments, as well as his multitude of injuries and a suspension for smoking cannabis in 1994. As for highlights, Nash was the first New Zealander to score 50 and take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord's (in 1994). In the 1999 tour of England, he helped the Kiwis to a series-clinching win in the fourth Test at the Oval. "That's the highest I've ever been," he said.
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