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Most unceremonious exits from international cricket

subshakerz

International Captain
Yeah that was pathetic. Mid-way in an Ashes when his side is getting hammered.
One of the things that annoyed me was Swann used the elbow injury excuse to justify his retirement. Well what were you doing in that side in the first place if you weren't fit to perform?
 

Fuller Pilch

International Coach
Chris Harris: got a shoulder/rotator cuff injury from fielding early in his 250th and final ODI, so couldn't bowl (arm in a sling) and had to bat 11 but was bowled out for 4 as NZ narrowly lost to Australia.
 
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subshakerz

International Captain
Wanted to add Malcolm Marshall who ended in the most low key fashion possible after the 92 World Cup.

This thread is proof that it is far easier to screw up your exit than it is to make a memorable one.
 

Days of Grace

International Captain
I was watching the Astle double hundred test in youtube once, it was Parore's last test, announced. The Lancaster Park crowd booed him.
Just a correction here. Astle scored his double in the first test. Parore's last match was the 3rd test at Eden Park. He opened the innings in his last dig and got booed by some on his home ground as he walked off. In those days it was just fashionable for some idiots in the crowd to boo Parore.
 

AndrewB

International Vice-Captain
It's tempting to say Bradman, but being captain in an innings win probably made up for his duck.

Botham's Test career ended in the middle of a series (1992 v Pakistan) in which he scored 8 runs in two innings and took 0-61. (A few months later in his last ODI he took 0-43 and didn't bat).
 

Immenso

International Regular
Why? Did he have off field controversies surrounding him
There is the Canterbury v Auckland thing. Not, that every (hardly any) Aucklander would get booed in that circumstance.

Pretty boy, from Auckland, famous soap opera wife, often on cover of the women's magazines etc

Not popular among some, many. Seen as a brat and trouble maker in the mid 90s, that undermined the South Islander coached and Canterbury captained blackcaps team that was trying to turn around the undisciplined rabble the team had become in mid 90s.

But would they have booed Chris Cairns in same circumstances? Probably not, he was a facsimile for Parore, but he was a Cantabrian facsimile.
 

thierry henry

Cricketer Of The Year
iirc I thought Parore’s retirement was pretty good really. He announced he was retiring out of nowhere and he got to sign off with a nice little cameo opening the batting and then we won the test
 

mr_mister

Hall of Fame Member
Just looking at the scorecard, looks like Chris Harris had his best ever test performance with the bat in that match by some distance. His whole test career was pretty unceremonious
 

RossTaylorsBox

Hall of Fame Member
Just looking at the scorecard, looks like Chris Harris had his best ever test performance with the bat in that match by some distance. His whole test career was pretty unceremonious
That entire test was pretty weird. Opening bowlers were Tuffey and Drum, Andre Adams got 6 in the match and never played test cricket again. Flintoff missed the ball by a metre and was given out caught behind. Fairly entertaining though.
 

SteveNZ

International Captain
Just a correction here. Astle scored his double in the first test. Parore's last match was the 3rd test at Eden Park. He opened the innings in his last dig and got booed by some on his home ground as he walked off. In those days it was just fashionable for some idiots in the crowd to boo Parore.
That was English fans for him claiming Flintoff caught behind off Andre Adams, probably the worst umpiring decision of all time. I was on the Terraces in that game, there wasn't any NZ fans booing him. In fact he got a rousing reception from a lot of the parts of the ground after his final innings.

That was quite a series for Adam. The selectors wanted him to prove his fitness before that series, but Auckland refused to pick him. So he had to play for Parnell in a two-day club game (on a Saturday/Sunday) before the first Test, and wanted to bump someone out of their side to get him in. I know that because I played in that game. He turned up late to the first day (not late to warmups, late to the start) in his Porsche with Sally Ridge, and his brother had to initially keep. He went on and off during the day, batted on the second day at 3, was absolutely DEAD lbw first ball (umpire must've been clued up as to the strong media interest in him playing), then made about 30 before being given out lbw and chuntering as he went off about club cricket is dog**** and he'd wished he'd never wasted his time.
 

SteveNZ

International Captain
That entire test was pretty weird. Opening bowlers were Tuffey and Drum, Andre Adams got 6 in the match and never played test cricket again. Flintoff missed the ball by a metre and was given out caught behind. Fairly entertaining though.
That Test was one of the most enjoyable I've ever attended. The 3rd or 4th (?) day, they played under lights because we were batting and refused to take the offer of light stopping play. Lou, Craig McMillan and others belted it around, some English fielders ducked balls and catches, it was ****ing awesome.

In fact, the whole tour was a magnificent roller coaster ride, 1-all in the Tests - including Nathan Astle's famous 222 and Thorpe also scoring a double ton after Astle dropped him on 4 - 3-2 from memory in the ODIs with Astle again going nuts, and the significant heartbreak of Ben Hollioake dying during the second Test.
 

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