DateLine: 19th February 2010
Australian fast bowler Dirk Nannes has announced that he is to retire from first-class cricket in order to focus on the short forms of the game and prolong his career.
“After much consideration, I’ve decided to retire from first-class cricket,” Nannes said.
“Having been able to play just one game in the longer format this season due to injury, this decision will allow me to concentrate on 50 over and Twenty20 cricket and extend my career with Victoria and Australia.
“Hopefully I can continue to make a strong contribution in the shorter forms of the game for a number of seasons to come.”
Nannes has signed to play Twenty20 cricket for Nottinghamshire later this year while he will also turn out for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and before he was picked for Australia, he represented the Netherlands, memorably helping them defeat England in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.