New Zealand's Mathew Sinclair retires, will file for umemployment

At 37, Sinclair, who has a wife and two young children, said he could no longer rely on income from playing for the Central District Stags during the summer, then looking for casual work in the off-season.

updated: July 17, 2013 10:41 IST
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Wellington: Former New Zealand Test batsman Mathew Sinclair pulled stumps on his cricket career on Wednesday, revealing he will instead sign on for unemployment benefits to support his family.

Sinclair remains the only New Zealander to ever score a double century on debut, smashing 214 against the West Indies in Wellington in 1999.

The lanky right-hander managed another double ton against Pakistan the following season but never cemented a spot in the national team, appearing only sporadically until his last Test in 2010.

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