Davison to retire after Australia match

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 17:21 PM IST

Bangalore: Veteran Canada batsman John Davison will bow out of international cricket after his side`s last World Cup match against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

Davison shot to prominence with a 67-ball century against the West Indies in the 2003 World Cup, the then fastest ton in the quadrennial event.

The 41-year-old was born in Canada but lived almost all his life in Australia, the country he always wanted to represent.

"I suppose its pretty fitting. I`ve lived all my life there. I was never quite good enough to get a game for them. It will be a great experience to play against them.”

"There`r some guys in the team who I`ve had a fair bit to do with, playing against or coaching. So it would be nice to have a good showing against them," Davison said of his farewell match.

Davison has either played with or coached quite a few of the Aussies, including spinners Jason Kreja, Steve Smith, at Australia`s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, and has had a hand in the development of the sport in Canada.

"He has been a great ambassador for the sport. I have learned a lot from him and the players appreciate his presence in the dressing room. He has got professionalism and work ethic in the side," Canada skipper Ashish Bagai said of

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting`s association with Davison also goes back a long way.

"Know a lot about John as a cricketer. 20 years back or so, played with or against him at various state competitions, and also did quite a few overseas tours with him as part of the cricket academy," Ponting said.

"He has had great memories of the world cup, playing for Canada. He will be able to look back at the World Cup and look at the good moments," he added.

Davison took a walk down memory lane, when a reporter reminded him of the innings against West Indies eight years ago.

"I hope there is one more innings like that left in me," he said.

"I was hitting it a lot better than I am now. I was just able to hit through the line. It was one of those days when everything I tried came off," he added.

Davison has played 31 one-day internationals for Canada, scoring 785 runs at an average of a shade under 30, besides picking up 35 wickets.