Sydney Thunder skipper Callum Ferguson announced that he would retire from First-Class cricket in the coming week. Ferguson plays for South Australia in the domestic circuit and now he will call quits putting an end to his 16-year-long career.
The 35-year-old will continue to lead his BBL team Sydney Thunder and also play in One Day Internationals for Australia.
“I’d like to thank my family, my parents Pauline and Jim, and my wife Rhiannon who have supported me through the journey,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson also thanked his team members of South Australia along with the other team members with whom he shared the dressing room.
“I also have great gratitude for all my team-mates, coaches, SACA Members and fans who have made my time in the baggy red most enjoyable, and I have always been proud to play for this great State” he added.
He will retire from the format after playing 147 First Class games of his career, including a single appearance for Australia in 2016.
In his illustrious career of 16 years, he has so far scored 9,278 first-class runs at an average of 36.81 comprising of 20 centuries and 48 half centuries.
He is also the fifth highest scorer for South Australia and only 60 runs short to progress to the fourth position.
“Callum has been an integral part of the South Australian system for many years and he should be extremely proud of all that he has done for cricket in this State” James Pyke, South Australia chairman of selectors said.
Ferguson will play his last match for South Australia against Victoria next week in the Sheffield Shield tournament.