Hamish Bennett, New Zealand fast, has announced that his professional career of a span of 17 years will end in the 2021-22 season. Bennett, 35, has made 31 appearances for the Black Caps in all three forms, with his most recent outing coming in the T20Is against Bangladesh last September.
Bennett made his international debut in an ODI against the same opponents in 2010 and then went on to play his lone Test match against India in Ahmedabad, which also marked the Test debut of current New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
The wonderful journey of Hamish Bennett
Hamish Bennett was selected for the World Cup 2011 but was eventually sidelined due to a lower-back injury which demanded him to undergo a major surgery the following year. Bennett remained an important player for Canterbury and Wellington sides. The latter is the domestic side he shifted to in 2016.
Hamish Bennett has appeared in 265 domestic appearances since debuting in 2005. Bennett has totaled 489 wickets in 265 domestic appearances since his debut in 2005. As Wellington Blaze’s bowling coach, he won 12 domestic titles during that time, including five Plunket Shields, two Ford Trophy titles, four men’s Super-Smash titles, and one women’s Super-Smash trophy.
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The statement by Hamish Bennett on his retirement
He said that he never believed that he would go on to enjoy the career that he had when started out as a young child bowling in the nets in Timaru, Bennett said.
From Timaru Boys’ High School, South Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Cricket, Cricket Wellington, and New Zealand Cricket, as well as all the other fantastic teams he has played for through the years, they’ve all played a huge role in helping him achieve his dream.
Hamish Bennett said that he has had the honor of working and playing with so many incredible players, captains, and coaches throughout the years. He expressed his gratitude to each and every one of them for their continued support. He said that it has been an honor to represent his family and country in New Zealand, and he said that he will treasure those memories and experiences for the rest of his life.