posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:06 PM
Australia Test star
Michael Slater has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 34. The former New South Wales and Derbyshire batsman has been troubled with an
arthritic complaint over the last two years and has decided to concentrate on his media work.
In a 74-Test career, he scored 5312 runs at an average of 42.83, including 14 centuries. Slater's pairing with Mark Taylor remains the most prolific
opening combination in Australian Test history with 3,887 runs in 44 matches. Only West Indies legends Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, with 6428
runs in 89 games, have put on more runs as an opening pair in Test cricket.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland paid tribute to Slater after his decision to quit.
"Michael is one of those rare players whose contribution to the game was even greater than his impressive statistics imply," Sutherland said.
"His 14 Test tons is pretty impressive, and so was his role helping Australia back to the top.
"But it was his approach and obvious pride representing his country which inspired countless Australian kids and left fans with our most lasting
memories of him as an international player.
"His practice of kissing the Australian coat-of-arms on his helmet upon reaching a century emphasised the passion and pride with which he represented
An attacking and audacious opener, Slater personified the brand of cricket his country like to play. Slater made his Test debut against England at Old
Trafford in 1993 but lost his his place to Justin Langer in 2001 after the Aussies were defeated in the fourth Test at Headingley.