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Alister McDermott calls time on career after injury-plagued season

by  Hasnian  •  Last updated on 2020-07-31 16:56:56

Queensland pacer Alister McDermott on Friday (31 July) announced his retirement after another injury-hit season that kept him off the park.

McDermott showed early promise, debuting as an 18-year-old in 2009 in first-class cricket. He went on to win Sheffield Shield and one-day titles with his side and was a part of the title-winning Brisbane Heat team in the second edition of the Big Bash League, all before turning 22. However, injuries derailed the promising career.

McDermott earned back his Queensland contract after a strong finish in the 2018-19 season in the Second XI cricket. However, a broken arm and stress fracture of the back delayed the comeback to first-class cricket. Subsequently, the pacer decided to call time on his career..

"The first seven months of the '19-20 season threw an onslaught of challenges at me," McDermott wrote on his personal website. "It was by far the most mentally challenging time during my career. In the space of two months I went from the highs of receiving a contract to breaking the radius bone in my right arm in July during a fielding session.

"Then I sustained my fourth stress fracture in seven years in my lower back only months later. I had severe back pain which only struck when I bowled. Even off a couple of steps the pain was unbearable, literally bringing me to tears during several training sessions.

"At times I had little motivation to turn up to training as I felt I was letting my teammates down and to the coaches and selectors who had given me another opportunity to play for Queensland," he added.

After the injuries, McDermott was de-listed from this years Bulls' squad. He, therefore, had played his final first-class game in November 2014.

"When I was told of not getting a contract with Queensland, it was hard to process initially on the back of everything else I had been through," he wrote. "After a period of reflection, I knew building a family with my beautiful wife Erin, continuing my cricket coaching business and finishing my Secondary Teaching degree is what I truly wanted to do.

"I still want to play lower grade cricket at Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club as I believe now is the time for me to give back to the game."