Symonds retires from cricket as Aussie all-rounder prepares for fatherhood
Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds has retired from cricket and will not play in this year’s Indian Premier League.
The 36-year-old was due to compete for the Mumbai Indians for the second successive season but, with his first child on the way, has called time on his professional career.
End of the road: Andrew Symonds enjoyed an illustrious career with Australia
'Effective immediately, I am retiring from all forms of professional cricket,' Symonds said in a statement released to Australian media.
'It is with regret that I will not be able to fulfil my final year of the IPL with the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians and the IPL have both been very supportive of me, but the impending arrival of my first child is a priority.'
No go: Symonds had been due to play for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL
Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat and 37.33 with the ball in 26 Tests for Australia and also made 212 limited-overs appearances, scoring in excess of 5,000 runs and taking 141 wickets.