NSW and Australian pace bowler Stuart Clark has officially announced his retirement from First class cricket.
Clark, 36, was contracted by the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues this season to play in the Champions League in India and to act as cover for the squad in case of injury. He played in four matches in the Champions League, taking 4 wickets and bowling with excellent economy.
Clark has enjoyed an outstanding career. He represented Australia in 24 Test matches, taking 94 wickets at the superb average of 23.86,which included 20 wickets in his first series against South Africa in 2006. During that series he experienced a dream Test debut, when he took nine wickets in the match in Cape Town.
Clark, also played in 39 One-Day International matches, taking 53 wickets at an average of 27.86.
With the ability to bowl with superb accuracy and extract bounce, Clark represented NSW with distinction, playing 69 First class matches and taking 228 wickets at 29.36. This included 9 five wicket hauls and a career-best of 8/58 (including a hat trick) v Western Australia in Perth in 2007.
Clark also captained NSW during the 2010/11 season, a season in which NSW contested the Finals of both the KFC T20 Big Bash and Sheffield Shield competitions.
The man nicknamed ‘Sarfraz’ was also a member of the NSW side that won the inaugural Champions League T20 in India in 2009.
This season Clark took on the role as General Manager of the newly formed Sydney Sixers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, and watched as his team lifted the trophy in his first year in charge.
Clark expressed his thanks for the opportunity’s the game had given him: “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be involved with both the Australian and New South Wales cricket teams. I have had a wonderful time in the game and take with me some great memories. The time is now right to step away from the playing side and concentrate on my efforts with the Sydney Sixers”.