Ireland’s John Anderson says ‘right time’ to quit cricket

Ireland's John Anderson.
Ireland's John Anderson.

Cricket Ireland has announced that Ireland men’s international John Anderson has retired from international and Inter-Provincial cricket.

The 35-year old, who was born in Durban, South Africa, made his international debut for Ireland in 2012 and appeared 26 times for the national side. His last match was against Scotland in November 2017.

Anderson’s highest first-class score of 127 came in 2013 against the Netherlands in an Inter-Continental Cup match in Deventer.

He said: “It has been an honour and privilege to play for Ireland and it is one of the proudest achievements of my life. I am immensely proud of all my contributions to the team, especially those in the I-Cup.

“I’d like to thank those at Cricket Ireland who believed in me and gave me the chance to play international cricket.

“I have also decided to step away from all Inter-Provincial cricket. It has been six extremely enjoyable and successful years with Leinster Lightning. Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a memorable time, in particular my team-mates,” Anderson added.

“I’d like to thank my family and close friends who have supported and encouraged me during my career.

“Most of all I’d like to thank my wife, Isobel, for her constant support and motivation, and for always pushing me to achieve my dream of playing international cricket.

“Now feels like the right time to move on with my life and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

Graham Ford, Head Coach of the men’s international side, paid tribute to Anderson.

“I have known John for many years and he has always been impressive as a person and as a cricketer. He has a commendable playing record and has once again put in some match winning performances at interprovincial level.

“As expected, he has been the model professional showing great commitment, dedication and support for his fellow squad members.

“He can be very proud of how he has operated as a squad member and of his cricketing contributions over the years.”