Australian offie Nathan Hauritz announces retirement on Tuesday

Hauritz made his international debut in a ODI against South Africa in 2002.

Australian offie Nathan Hauritz announces retirement on Tuesday

New Delhi: Australian tweaker Nathan Hauritz  announced his retirement from competitive cricket on Tuesday. 

The 34-year-old off-spinner​'s career started 15 years ago and he went on to play for the national team in all three formats.

Hauritz made his international debut in a ODI against South Africa in 2002 before playing his first Test against India in Mumbai two years later.

The offie played 17 Tests, 58 ODIs and three T20s for Australia.

Hauritz decided to hang his boots following the end of his Big Bash season with the Melbourne Renegades.

He played a single game for the club this season which was against Perth Scorchers.

And in the sole match, Hauritz leaked 29 runs in his two overs, which propelled him to to quit competitive cricket.

"I was just so shattered after the game. I realised I hadn't come down here to be that disappointed about a game of cricket anymore. I thought 'I don't need that anymore'. I just want to get away,” Hauritz told reporters.

Interestingly, he took 63 wickets in Test cricket and has the same number of dismissals in ODIs as well.

"The highs and lows (are too much). I need to get off that up-and-down rollercoaster and get back to a bit of normality in life. I competed as hard as I could but I just felt that me competing as hard as I could wasn't good enough,” he added.