5 Players who might retire from international cricket in 2022

5 Players who might retire from international cricket in 2022

Quite a few cricketers may call it a day from the highest level after serving their national teams for many years.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Imran Tahir of South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of Eoin Morgan of England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Well, international cricket in current times is very challenging and intense. Because of the ongoing pandemic, playing across formats is very pestiferous and tiresome. Taking extended breaks or quitting one format seems to be the trend to elongate one’s career.

In fact, just before the first dawn of 2022, SA’s gloveman Quinton De Kock has already vacated the red-ball format. In the past two years, players above the age of 35 have found it very taxing to be on the trot amidst bio-bubbles and restrictions.

Hence with few of the top dogs almost reaching the twilight of their prosperous careers, maybe 2022 could be the last blaze before the sunsets.

Therefore in this list, let’s check these individuals who might retire from international cricket in 2022.

1. Tim Paine

Tim Paine Australia
Tim Paine. (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images)

For Tim Paine, the ongoing Ashes series of 2022 was speculated to be the last assignment of his international career. The former Aussie captain who had helmed the team after the atrocious Sandpaper incident also seemed to be contemplating retirement after the 2021-22 Ashes. But unfortunately now getting away from the game at the age of 37 certainly means there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel.

Sadly, the recent controversy of the Aussie gloveman might just propel him to hang his international boots in 2022. Perhaps though the Australian selectors are yet to find an established wicket-keeper batter in Tests, maybe Alex Carey might now jump ahead in the pecking order. Even in terms of controlling ahead their red-ball affairs, the duo of Pat Cummins and Steve Smith conclusively look an ideal choice.

Hence with barely holding any bona fide rationale to make a comeback again, possibly Tim Paine has played his last international game in 2021.

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