Dan Christian, Australia’s most experienced Twenty20 cricketer, has stated that the current Big Bash League will be his final competition, calling time on a 17-year career.
“Yesterday (Friday) during training, I informed my Sydney Sixers teammates that I will be retiring at the conclusion of the BBL season,” the pace-bowling all-rounder, who will turn 40 in May of this year, tweeted on Saturday.
Christian has accumulated 5809 runs and 280 wickets in 405 T20s for 18 different teams, including at the international level and in seven different tournaments. He has also participated in 20 ODIs and 23 T20Is for Australia.
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— Dan Christian (@danchristian54) January 20, 2023
Having finished in the top two of the regular season, the Sixers have four more games and two assured opportunities to reach the BBL final.
“Sydney Smash tonight, followed by our last round game against the Hurricanes, and then the finals,” added the BBL veteran, who has hit over 2,000 runs and taken over 90 wickets in a record 133 games.
He was also vital in Melbourne Renegades’ lone 2019 championship victory. With Sixers, he won the 2020-21 championship, bringing his total since 2010 to nine.
“Hopefully we can go all the way again this season, but it’s been a terrific run, whatever. “I’ve accomplished things and formed memories that I could have only imagined as a child,” Christian added.
“I look forward to finally having the chance to catch up with you all without having to use the excuse sorry, I’ve got cricket,'” he added.