Damien Martyn has retired from all cricket with immediate effect. Bolt out of the blue, this one. He’s been replaced by Andrew Symonds for the third Test – and the little-known Adam Voges.
Martyn, who was married in the off-season, has usually tried to avoid the spotlight and is travelling today. “I’m aware of the tremendous challenges facing Australian cricket, including this current Ashes series,” he said. “Such challenges require people who are more than 100% committed, dedicated, disciplined and passionate about the game, what it seeks to achieve and how those involved in the game can best serve cricket.
“I feel, therefore, it’s time for me to move aside. I have enjoyed everything the game has given me. I have gained from it more than I could have ever imagined.”
“I was flabbergasted when I got the call,” Symonds said. “I thought I was a million to one to play this series, especially when they went for Pup [Michael Clarke] when Watto was ruled out. I dug out my baggy green the other day when I was moving some stuff around and wondered if I would ever put it on my head again. That’s still up in the air but I’m obviously a fair bit closer to that moment than I thought I was.”
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