Rob Quiney Announces Retirement From First Class Cricket
Rob Quiney, who played for Australia in two Tests, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after Victoria didn't give him a contract extension for the 2017-18 domestic season.
With the Victorian management offering full-time deals to young batsmen - Will Pucovski and Blake Thomson, Quiney missed out on a contract for the upcoming season.
Quiney made his first-class debut for Victoria against Tasmania in the 2007 Australian domestic season. By then, he had already played for Victoria in a warm-up match against ICC World XI and represented the state side in List A matches.
Three years later, he showed his class and quality by amassing a fifty and a hundred in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG.
The left-hander then was awarded Australia's domestic player of the year award for the 2011-12 season after he accrued 938 runs in the Sheffield Shield and 310 in the Ryobi Cup. He was also awarded the Bill Lawry Medal (award for Victoria's Shield player of the season) for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 domestic seasons.
The highlight of Quiney's impressive 2011-12 season was the left-hander scoring a hundred in each innings in the Sheffield Shield game against South Australia. In 2012, he donned the Baggy Green cap in the Brisbane Test against South Africa. He earned his maiden call-up to the national set-up after compiling a fluent 85 for Australia A against South Africa XI in a warm-up game prior to the Gabba Test.
However, he couldn't make an impact in the series, scoring just nine runs in two Tests and was dropped from the squad. Unfortunately for the Victorian, he never played for the country again.
The left-hander was also a part of Victoria's Sheffield Shield winning campaigns on five occasions. He has also played for Essex (2013), Melbourne Stars, Auckland Aces and Rajasthan Royals. Quiney will end his first-class career with 5674 runs at a healthy average of 36.84.
"Rob Quiney has been a tremendous figure in Victorian cricket throughout his highly decorated career. He embodies all of Victoria's values and it's a testament to his skill and character that he's been able to achieve so much success as a player, particularly playing in our five most recent Sheffield Shield titles including the three-peat," Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria's general manager of cricket, said.
Meanwhile, Peter Handscomb will captain the state side, replacing Matthew Wade who has moved over to Tasmania. Sam Harper and Xavier Crone have also been handed new contracts.
Marcus Stoinis, the all-rounder, has joined Western Australia from Victoria. Michael Beer, Evan Gulbis and Ian Holland haven't been offered contracts for the 2017-18 domestic season.
"Although we've lost some senior experience for this season, we're fortunate to have a number of our younger players having gained valuable experience over the last two years and they know what it takes to be successful at first-class level," Graf noted.
"Add young stars Will Pucovski and Will Sutherland to that mix and it's an exciting time for Victorian cricket - it's hard to think of a time when we've been in a stronger, more successful position in the state's history," he added.