In the year 2015, many great cricketers retired in Test matches. They served their country for a long time and achieved a lot in their cricketing career. Test match is the toughest form of cricket and they have achieved a lot of success in the longest format.
Here we look at the top 10 cricketers who retired from Test match in 2015.
1. Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris was Australian cricketer who retired from Test cricket in 2015. He made his Test debut against New Zealand on 19th March 2010. He bowled with accuracy and did not allow the batsmen to score runs with ease. He played 27 Test matches and picked up 113 wickets with an economy of 2.78. His best figures in an innings were 7/117 and in a match was 9/106. He picked 5 wickets in an innings 5 times. He played his last Test match against India in 2014 at home. In March 2014, it was announced that Harris would be out for at least 6 months. He announced his retirement from cricket in July 2015 three days before the Ashes.
2. Micheal Clarke
Micheal Clarke is a legendary cricketer who retired in Test matches. He made his Test debut against India on 6th October 2004 at Bangalore. He is an attacking batsman who played for Australia. In this format, he played 115 matches and scored 8643 runs with an average of 49.10. His best score was 329 not out against India. He was made the captain of the Australian team after the World Cup 2011 held in the subcontinent. He achieved a lot of success in his career winning the Ashes 5-0 in 2013/14. He played a lot of excellent knocks for Australia and also helped Australia to reach number 1 in Test rankings. He captained in 47 Test matches winning 24 and losing only 16. He retired from Test cricket after losing the Ashes in England on 8th August 2015 in the 5th Test match at Oval. He was not able to perform as a captain as well as batsmen. He has 28 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name. He retired from One-day International cricket after winning the World Cup 2015.
3. Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers was another Australian cricketer who retired in Test matches in 2015. He made Test debut against India on 16th January 2008. He was named in the squad for Ashes in 2013/14 in Australia. In this format, he played 25 Test matches and scored 2015 with an average of 42.87. His highest score was 173. He was an opener of the Australian team. He was a solid player with good technique. He struggled in tough conditions in the subcontinent. In Ashes 2015 he was the second highest runs scorer with 480 runs. He retired from Test cricket after the 5th test match along with Micheal Clarke.
4. Shane Watson
Shane Watson was another Australian cricketer to retire from Test cricket. He made his Test debut against Pakistan on 2nd January 2005. In this format, he played 59 Test matches and scored 3731 runs with an average of 35.19. His best score was 176. He was an excellent all rounder for the Australian team. He was selected in the first Test of Ashes 2015 in England and was dropped from the next 4 matches. He also suffered a lot of injuries and on 6th September 2015, he decided to quit Test cricket and hope to continue his career in One day Internationals and T20 cricket. He had 4 centuries and 24 half-centuries to his name.
5. Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin was another Australian cricketer to retire from Test cricket. He made Test debut against West Indies on 22nd May 2008. He was a wicketkeeper and excellent lower order batsmen who can score runs quickly. In this format, he played 66 Tests and scored 3266 runs with an average of 32.99. His best score in Test matches was 169. He played some brilliant knocks for the Australian team and just made the batting looked easy. He was selected in the XI for the first Test in Ashes 2015 but was dropped for the rest of the tour. He announced his retirement from test cricket on 9th September. He retired from One-day International cricket after winning the World Cup 2015. He had 4 centuries and 18 half-centuries to his name.
6. Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johoson was another Australian cricketer to retire from Test cricket. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on 8th Novemember 2007. In this format he played 73 test matches and picked 313 wickets with an economy of 3.33. His best figures in Test matches were 8/61 in an innings and 12/127 in a match. He bowled with lot of pace and aggression, not allowing the batsmen to score runs with freedom. In the Ashes 2013/2014 he picked 37 wickets in the series. His ability to create pressure on the batsmen made him a special bowler. For the past 1 year he was not able to perform. He decided to retire from Test cricket after the second Test match against New Zealand at Perth on 17th November 2015. He retired from international cricket.
7. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is an excellent left handed batsman for Sri Lanka. He made his Test debut on 20th July 2000 against South Africa. He played a lot of cricket for his country and especially with buddy Mahela Jayewardene. In this format he played 134 matches and scored 12,400 runs with an average of 57.40. His best score was 319 against Bangladesh. He used come to bat at number 3 for Sri Lanka and had lots of strokes in his armor which made him a special strokes. He played his last Test match against India in the home Test series in August 2015 at Colombo. Kumar Sangakkara has the honor of being in the top 5 leading runs scorer in Test matches. He retired in One day Internationals after the World Cup 2015. He has 38 centuries and 50 half centuries to his name
8. Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik from Pakistan is another cricketer who retired in Test matches in 2015. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh on 29th August 2001. In this format he played 35 matches and scored 1898 runs with an average of 35.14. His best score was 245 against England in home tour in UAE. He was dropped from the Pakistan team in 2010 but was recalled in Test team for England tour of Pakistan in UAE. He scored 245 in the first test match at Abu Dhabi but failed to score in the next two Test matches. He took the decision of retirement after the third Test match against England to focus on his One day International and T20 career. He made 3 centuries and 8 half centuries to his name.
9. Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan is one of the finest India’s fast bowlers. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh on 10th November 2000. In this format, he played 92 matches and picked up 311 wickets with an economy of 3.27. His best figures were 7 for 87 in an innings and 10/149 in a match. He has picked 5 wickets in an innings 11 times and 10 wickets in a match only once. He is the 4th leading wicket taker for India behind Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh. He played a key role to India’s World Cup winning campaign in 2011. He swung the ball and did not allow the batsmen to score runs with ease. He was the mainstay of Indian bowling attack. From 2011 onwards he has suffered a lot of injuries and was not selected in 30 man probables for World Cup 2015. He retired from all forms of cricket in October 2015.
10. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag is another Indian cricketer who retired from Test cricket. He was an explosive opener for India who destroys the opponent’s team and changes the course of the game. In this format he played 104 Test matches and scored 8586 runs with an average of 49.34. His best score in Test matches was 319. He has the record of scoring two triple centuries in Test matches. His strike rate of 82.23 in Test matches made him a dangerous batsman. On 20th October, he retired from all forms of cricket. He has 23 centuries and 32 half centuries in Test matches. He is an impact player and was a nightmare for the bowlers.
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