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New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett has declared his retirement from all forms of the game. The right-arm fast announced on Tuesday that he would retire after the 2021/22 season (April 12).

Bennett, who made his professional debut in October 2010, was unable to make an impact at the top level. However, he has been a powerful force on home circuits, and his statistics are also rather outstanding.

In professional cricket, he has 489 wickets, including nine five-wicket hauls. In terms of international statistics, the 35-year-old grabbed 43 wickets in 31 outings across formats.

He last played in a T20I series against Bangladesh in September of last year. Bennett, by the way, made his international debut against the same opponent in an ODI in 2010. Later that year, he made his lone Test debut against India.

The board chose him for the 2011 world cup. However, he withdrew due to a lower-back ailment that necessitated surgery in 2012.

Bennett’s fitness concerns have led him to miss multiple crucial tournaments and series during his career. Bennett did not make it big at the top level, but he did build a reputation for himself on the domestic circuit.

He won 12 domestic championships in all, including five Plunket Shields, two Ford Trophy crowns, and four men’s Super Smash titles. As Wellington Blaze’s bowling coach, he even won a women’s Super Smash title.

“When I started out as a young kid bowling in the nets in Timaru, I never dreamed I would have gone on to enjoy the career that I’ve had. From Old Boys Timaru Cricket Club who got me involved in cricket at the start, Timaru Boys’ High School, South Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Cricket, Cricket Wellington, and New Zealand Cricket, as well as all the other great clubs I’ve played for down the years. They’ve all played a role in helping me achieve my cricket dream,” said Bennett as per an official release.

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He captained the Firebirds to the Ford Trophy in 2018, and he was a crucial player on the team that won the Plunket Shield and back-to-back Super Smash titles between 2019 and 2021. He retires as Wellington’s third-highest all-time T20 wicket-taker, after only Jeetan Patel and Luke Woodcock.

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