34-year old English off-spinner retires from cricket after contract snab
34-year-old English off-spinner retires from all forms of cricket after he’s been snubbed off from the new central contract for the new English summer.
Ollie Rayner played a crucial part in winning the championship for England county club Middlesex in 2016. But after four years, Middlesex is no longer considering himself.
So, Rayner retired from his cricket career as the club did not offer a new contract. He said he would never go down to the cricket field. Due to a lack of understanding with his team, Middlesex, at the age of 34, he the six and a half feet tall off-spinner made this kind of decision.
Rayner, who took 51 wickets at an average of 23.56, made a great contribution for Middlesex in 2016. But in the next season, Middlesex was no longer considered himself as the main bowler. Rayner became the third bowler of the team after Middlesex signed Ravi Patel and Nathan Sowter.
Later, Rayner was later released on loan to Hampshire in 2018 and Kent in 2019. These two counties were Division I teams. But Middlesex then was on the second tire. Which, in turn, served as a deterrent to Rainer’s relationship with the club.
But Rayner was hoping that he could play in Middlesex in the new season. But Middlesex had decided to release him at the end of last season. As a result, the cricketer gave up any hope of playing again.
In an interview to Wisden confirming his retirement, Rayner said:
“They reported that they were thinking of leaving me on loan. I thought then that I must talk to my family before making a decision. Things could have been better for sure.”
Recalling his best season, Rayner added, “Throughout my career, I have been known for controlled bowling. I also bowled with great control in pace bowling conditions. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with conditions.”
“In 2016, my bowling was fruitful. Whenever I have been in good times throughout my career, I have been used as a wicket-taking tool. That season, I was called upon to break up the pair. Adam Voges would have put the ball in my hand before the lunch break, and if I did better, it would have continued.”
Reyner has played 151 first-class matches in his domestic career for almost 13 years and has taken 313 wickets. He has also scored 3432 runs with two centuries in batting.