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    January 24, 2006

    Chris Cairns' retirement strengthens side

    Chris Cairns announced his retirement yesterday from all forms of cricket, including book cricket. His retirement from test cricket in 2004 left Sachin Tendulkar as the only current cricketer to have played test cricket in the 1980s.

    He will now play for the All-Star book cricket XI. His presence strengthens the side significantly and they could now challenge teams other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

    I just went through some archives here and found that Michael Slater, Jack Russell and Nasser Hussain had all retired in the last couple of years since this blog commenced operations. In such a scenario, it is a moot point that the lineup changes drastically.

    Ridley Jacobs and Nayan Mongia can no longer be assured of their places because Jacobs was a pretty crappy keeper while Mongia's expertise in keeping to spin will be unutilized since there're no spinners in the lineup! Of course, he will definitely come into the picture if someone like Warne, Murali or Kumble announces retirement.

    Now, the side reads (in batting order): Mark Richardson, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Chris Cairns, Heath Streak (c), Phil DeFreitas, Jack Russell (wk), Venkatesh Prasad, Lucy Pearson and Allan Donald.

    A statistical look at Cairns' career.

    He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2000 after his sensational batting and bowling displays helped New Zealand whip England in 1999.

    Tributes/reactions from Richard Boock, John Bracewell, Dyan Cleaver, Jarrod Booker, Richard Hobson, Sambit Bal and Jonathan Millmow.

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