Central Districts and former New Zealand Test batsman Mathew Sinclair has retired at the age of 37.
Despite being born in Australia, Sinclair went onto play 33 Tests, 54 ODIs and two T20 Internationals for New Zealand. The highlight of his international career was the 214 that he made on his Test debut against the West Indies in 1999. He hit another double-hundred the following summer, but struggled for consistency for the most part. He was repeatedly in and out of the New Zealand team, with his tally of 33 Test matches taking almost 11 years to rack up.
He will be best remembered, especially in the latter stages of his career, as arguably the most reliable batsman on New Zealand’s domestic circuit. He played only for Central Districts throughout his state career and scored 9,148 runs for them - the most any player has scored in first-class cricket for a single state.
"Central Districts has been good to me and I never really considered playing for anyone else,” said Sinclair. “We have always played a positive style of game, and the quality of the people in the side meant that there was always a great team spirit. My first hundred for the Stags was really special as it helped win a game and proved that I could succeed at that level.
"Watching Peter Ingram beat my record for the highest individual score for the Stags, Jamie How's double hundred in a one day game, and Michael Mason's heroics with the bat to win the Ford Trophy two seasons ago are special moments that I will also cherish.
"While it would have been nice to have played more for my country, I do look back on my time in the Black Caps with a lot of pride and satisfaction. Getting 214 on debut against the West Indies was a real highlight; especially as we went on to win the Test."
Sinclair ended his career on a high and enjoyed a solid 2012-13 season last summer, hitting 646 Plunket Shield runs at an average of 40.38. However, he explained that he decided to call time on his career in order to concentrate on a new career and spend time with his family.
He said, “Having taken a few months since the end of last season to consider my options I have decided that the timing is right to call time on my playing career. I have two young children and a wife who I want to spend more time with and the constant travel that the Stags endure each year makes that pretty tough.
"I am also at the stage where I want to get into a career outside of cricket and unless you are in a position to totally devote yourself, it's difficult to get the opportunities that I am after. There are some really talented younger batsmen coming through for CD, so I feel it's the right time from the team's perspective as well.”
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