Jason Krejza, Australian spinner retires exactly Six years after his Debut

Manish Maloo / 08 November 2014

Jason Krejza the former Australian  off-spinner, has announced his retirement from cricket. Krejza last played competitive  cricket in early 2013 and has been on the sidelines since. Krejza is best remembered for taking a total of 12 wickets on Test debut in 2008 against India. However, he only played one Test after that and also featured during the ICC World Cup 2011

 Jason Krejza, whose brief international career included two Tests, a World Cup and the wickets of Rahul Dravid, Hashim Amla and VVS Laxman, amongst others. Today, six years after his memorable debut in Nagpur, Krejza looks back on his career and explains why, at the age of just 31, he has decided to retire. Jason Krejza managed to achieve a lot for a man whose Test career included only two matches and spanned just 41 days. One of several Australian spinners in the post Shane Warne era to be tried and then quickly discarded, Krejza’s match figures of 12-358 against India in Nagpur were not only the second-best figures by an Australian on Test debut.

And despite calling time on his career long before he would have hoped for, he’s relishing life as an ex-player.”I’m actually enjoying not having the stress of playing, selections etcetera … (But) I could have done a lot of things a lot better,” he says. “I could have trained harder, could have done this and that, but that’s the way it happened. “I know that I’ve played for Australia, I know that I got to the level that I wanted to get to.

Speaking to Cricket Australia’s official website, Krejza said, “I’m officially retiring because my body’s been no good. I had too many operations, the body went a bit south and I never got the feeling of bowling like I was at my best because my body didn’t allow it. (I’ve had) seven hip operations, seven knee operations and I had shin splints in both shins as well. My body was getting to a point where it was screaming at me.”

Here is the video of the Debut match of Jason Krejza, where he had picked up 12 wickets against India at Nagpur:

Krejza has decided to move into coaching and will be over at Sydney. He will now be head coach at Elite Cricket in Sydney. 

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