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Hamish Rutherford hangs up his boots

Last updated on 18 Jan 2024 | 10:49 AM
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Hamish Rutherford hangs up his boots

The left-hander batted for New Zealand in 29 Test innings between 2013 and 2015

Hamish Rutherford, the former New Zealand and Otago opener, has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. He will be playing his last game on January 23 against Northern Districts in the Super Smash 2024, where he’ll also be honoured by Otago Cricket. 

Rutherford attained a quick game in international cricket for his 171 on his debut against England in 2013 at Dunedin. In his 130 first-class games overall, he averages a creditable 35.26, scoring 17 centuries. He has also played four ODIs and eight T20Is for the Blackcaps. 

The left-hander earned quite a reputation for his hitting in the Super Smash and T20 cricket in general. He strikes at 141.50 in the format and has played it 192 times. 

His talent was identified at an age-group level, and he was part of New Zealand’s squad for the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.

“It has been a privilege to play for Otago and be part of this iconic province. While playing for New Zealand has always been my dream, I’m grateful for the opportunities cricket has given me and my family. I’ve loved every minute of it. I appreciate all the support I have had from family and friends, fellow players, coaches and supporters of the province,” Rutherford said in a statement about his retirement (as quoted by ESPNCricinfo). 

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