Former World No. 1 bowler Nathan Bracken of Australia, has decided to call it quits and retire from international cricket. The 33-year-old's decision was prompted by a chronic knee injury which has kept him out of the national side for the last two years and limited his appearances for domestic team New South Whales.
Bracken, a left-arm bowler, played five Tests but was best known as a run-stifling limited-overs specialist. His 174 ODI wickets places him sixth on Australia's list.
He could swing the ball fatally early in the innings but was equally destructive at the death and was a key member of the 2007 World Cup victory in the Caribbean. In 2009, he was Australia's ODI player of the Year after being picked in the ICC's World ODI Team the previous year.
"I really have enjoyed my cricket both internationally and domestically, but unfortunately knee injuries have taken their toll," he said. "I have had a strong rehabilitation from my last operation and have also looked at altering my bowling action to reduce any further damage in my knee, which would have enabled me to continue playing. But it hasn't responded."