After 11 seasons of first class and list A state cricket for South Australia. Seam bowler Chadd Sayers that this game he is playing now will be last. As he announced his retirement from the game aged 33.
We already saw how fellow experienced stalwart Callum Ferguson got away. He wrapped up his illustrious domestic career a few months ago aged 35. But Callum is still playing T20 cricket worldwide. With a couple of years left to shine via the bat.
What we know about Chadd that he has old school approach to fast bowling. He is not very tall like a Morne Morkel or Glenn McGrath. Instead he focuses on accuracy when releasing his action. In which is how he made a name for himself at state level.
But he was largely ignored for Test selection for Australia. Having seen him carry the drinks and sub field for the team. That is not really going to help if he is going to watch all game. While his state and grade team is playing simultaneously.
Well fortunately Chadd finally got a test cap to his name. That was only because Australia was hit by the ball tampering gate in early 2018. He got two wickets away in South Africa. One of the targets was AB De Villiers who was approaching his twilight years. Then nothing ever happened out of the blue which was done.
Now going back a little earlier on this post Chadd is a traditionalist. Nothing against him if he never played T20. The same goes to myself as an aspiring cricketer that has to keep it simple. As directed by most of my club team-mates. Or else his lack of speed in return prevents him from playing elsewhere. Unfortunately it is the norm of how Australia wanted to go these days. Pace is the one big weapon that can give most opposition teams a hard time.
And it is a shame that Chadd never played tests on home soil. So he can really shine in front of his hometown crowd in Adelaide. At least he can be used best against some of the mid to low tier test sides. If the selectors were really impressed with him. Then he make up ample time before Chadd can shine v the big three. Such as England & India. Once the consistency shown is there to back up.
But they would rather pass them on to someone for the future. And it pretty much was his time hanging around the test radar. At the same time Chadd would not be pretty fuzzed too much about it. The experience he gained with the national squad benefitted his state run. We also do not forget that he has a young family to rely on now. So this gives him another pathway to look at other options after retirement. Which he hopes to settle down at home within his own terms someday.
But with the state board not guaranteeing him a new deal from 2021-22. He felt the time was right two days ago to call it stumps himself. In my opinion we would at least like to see him play 2-3 more years at grade level. Or at least still play for SA for some games without a contract. So he can give these youngsters some time to build some expertise. Before they can be ready to play Shield/One Day cricket. For now we wish him well in the near future.