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Grant Elliott Set to Retire From Competitive Cricket​

Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott said that he will retire from competitive cricket now that his Birmingham Bears side's Twenty20 Blast campaign has come to an end.

Cricketnext Staff |July 26, 2019, 4:45 PM IST
Grant Elliott Set to Retire From Competitive Cricket​

Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott said that he will retire from competitive cricket now that his Birmingham Bears side's Twenty20 Blast campaign has come to an end.

The 39-year-old, who called time on his international cricket in March 2017, led Birmingham to Finals Day the same year after taking over the captaincy from Ian Bell mid-season. However, Elliott and his team struggled this time around as they finished sixth on the north group table. In their last match, Birmingham lost to Worcestershire by 15 runs.

Elliott himself had a difficult season with the bat, scoring just 80 runs in 10 innings. Although he did shine in the bowling department, scalping 19 wickets in 14 games at 19.57.

"I'll be open to games in Switzerland, ice cricket and those sorts of things," Elliott told BBC WM's Bears Podblast. “But, in terms of competitive cricket and playing for teams around the world, I'm keen on trying to create something outside of the game.”

In an international career spanning close to nine years, Elliott played over 100 matches for New Zealand before joining Birmingham in 2017 as a non-overseas player on a Kolpak deal. He played five Tests, 83 One-Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals since making his debut in 2008.

The middle-order batsman will always be remembered for his unbeaten 84 in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against South Africa that led New Zealand to their first 50-over final. More than the game, Elliott said he misses the comradeship that made the dressing room environment special.

"I realised why I played the game four years ago," he said. "It's a hard game. There's a lot of pain. But it's because of the camaraderie and the team elements. I love hanging around with the lads in the changing room, sharing a win. That's what excites me.

“The actual games, I don't really remember what happens out there. You want to do your best but the people that you meet in the game is just awesome. A really neat group of elite sportspeople, who can be your mates for life.”

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