James Tomlinson Announces Retirement – Hampshire left-arm pacer and veteran county cricketer James Tomlinson has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. The 34-year old has now decided to hang up his boots after a 14-year long career in county cricket, which saw him take 419 wickets across all formats of first class cricket. In 2008, he was the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship Division One season, with 67 scalps.
The statement which was published on Hampshire’s website said that Tomlinson was thankful towards everyone including his coaches, brothers and physios. He specifically thanked Wasim Akram who mentored him way back in 2003 when he had a brief run with Hampshire.
“The Hampshire members and the rest of my family for their constant support. My bowling partners who showed me what was required for first-class cricket. The slip cordon and the Dukes ball.
“However I would most like to thank the opposition batters who somehow for over a decade missed the straight ones and nicked the half volleys… to you all I will be forever grateful!” he stated on a lighter note.
He recalls having seen a documentary where a dog had half a leg missing and an ear chewed off. He said he now thought of himself like that.
Here’s the full statement: “I remember years ago watching a nature documentary that followed a pack of wild dogs on a hunt. At the front of the pack there were the young and keen dogs who couldn’t wait to get stuck in, then in the middle were the experienced, healthy dogs who knew what they were doing and held the pack together.
“But I will never forget the image of one old dog at the back of the pack trying to keep up. He had half a leg missing and an ear hanging off from what must have been years of previous battles. When he finally arrived at the scene all that was left were scraps… Although I was once both the young dog at the front and the healthy dog in the middle I feel now is the right time to head back to the den. I now have the opportunity to do just that and look after all the young dogs coming through. A job I already love and cherish,” he said in a statement.
The statements were well received by the media and other cricketers.