CW cricket stalwart, Rob Malone has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of Season XII. Speaking at an impromptu press conference after a net session at the PDV Dome public facilities, Malone made the announcement with a smile on his face, but tears in his eyes.
"My present form and fitness suggests I could play on but all good things must come to an end," he said. The batsman was clearly emotional, but insisted that he had thought the decision through thoroughly, discussing it with his wife and family. “There is that element of sadness,” Malone said, “But the overwhelming emotion for me is there is a lot more to do in life and I am looking forward to it.”
Malone has served CW cricket at every playing level, coming up through the system as a youth prospect and developing into one of the leading batsmen in CWLand. With a decade of service at first-class level, and more than 7000 runs in either form of the game, Malone is truly one of Cricket Web's finest. The high point of his career was arguably his score of 253 not out for New South Wales, the highest FC score by a CW batsman until Blackman's 301 not out at the tailend of Season XI.
For the Cricket Web XI Malone played 3 Tests and 50 one-day internationals as an allrounder with moderate success. But a persistent knee injury caused him to remodel his action and Malone lost effectiveness with the ball and was reduced to a batting role. With the dramatic turn came the end of his international career, culminating with his retirement soon after being dropped. It was a reflection of Malone's assessment of his abilities, as he stated then that he did not feel he could offer enough to the CW XI to justify his selection.
Having just signed a 5-year deal with CW Green, it is unclear as to what Malone intends to do with respect to the multithousand dollar contract. However, he stated that he is in peak condition and in a keen state of mental preparedness to offer his best to the club in his final season.
Malone said he was now looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Cassandra, and three children. He also expressed hopes for Rob Malone jr., his 16-year-old son, who is presently involved in Cricket Web Green youth cricket.
Rob J. Malone