Joe Mennie has announced his retirement from state cricket
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sat Oct 23 2021
One Test-playing South Australian fast bowler Joe Mennie has announced his retirement from state cricket so that he can return to his family in the UK.
Joe Mennie, 32, has missed the entire 2020-21 Australian season due to pandemic travel restrictions during his stay in the UK and feels he is back for this pre-season with a redback, which he calls. selected for.
“I am very thankful to the Redbacks for supporting me throughout the journey, especially last season and through the tough times this season,” he said. “Raising two little kids is an insincere joy, and I need to be as close to them as possible.
“They are, and always will be, the most important part of my life, and I can’t wait to come back to the UK and see them again. My journey with SACA has been a long and happy one, but the time has come for me. Come to move on to the next position in my life, and I look forward to doing the same with those closest to me.”
Mennie has taken 297 first-class wickets, 256 of them in the Sheffield Shield, finishing fifth for South Australia in combat behind Clary Grimmett, Ashley Mallett, Chad Sayers, and Tim May.
His one Test came against South Africa in Hobart in 2016, after which he became one of the players to be dismissed for 85 for Australia and lost by an innings. He had earlier played two ODIs against South Africa.
Mennie’s biggest stoppage in the domestic season came in 2015-16 when he took 51 wickets at 21.21 and had another standout attack in 2018-19 with 37 wickets at 19.72.
South Australia head coach Jason Gillespiesaid, “Looking at the numbers, it is clear that Joe Mennie is one of the Redbacks’ greatest bowlers, but Joe Mennie’s influence on this great state goes beyond numbers.” “He is a true businessman, always ready to put the team first, and someone we will miss dearly.
“Joe has not only embodied South Australia, but he also has a valuable baggy green cap next to his baggy red, and it is something he will be able to cherish forever. Something he has put in the dedication, the hard work. , is accumulated through commitment and passion.
“We thank Mennie for every ball bowled as a Redback and his willingness to stick to the task at hand every day. We wish him and his loved ones the best of luck. Always welcome at the Adelaide Oval,” he said. Will stay.”