Dan Christian, Australia’s most seasoned T20 cricket player, has stated that the current Big Bash League will be his final match, after a glittering 17-year career. The pace-bowling all-rounder, who will turn 40 in May of this year, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he would be hanging up his bat at the conclusion of the BBL season. He told his Sydney Sixers teammates of this during training on Friday. Christian has played in 405 T20 matches for 18 different teams, including at the international level and in seven different competitions, and has accumulated 5809 runs and 280 wickets.
Additionally, he has represented Australia in 20 ODIs and 23 T20Is. The sixers, who finished first, have four more games and are guaranteed two chances to compete in the BBL final. “Sydney Smash tonight, followed by our last round game against the Hurricanes, and then the finals,” said the BBL veteran, who remains the only player to have scored more than 2000 runs and taken more than 90 wickets, with a record 133 games to his name.
He also contributed to Melbourne Renegades’ lone 2019 championship triumph. He has won nine championships since 2010 with the Sixers, including the 2020–21 title. “Hopefully we can go all the way again this season, but regardless, it’s been a great run. I’ve achieved things and made some memories that I could only have dreamt of as a kid,” Christian said. “I’m looking forward to now having the time to catch up with you all and not having to use the excuse ‘sorry, I’ve got cricket’,” he added.