Alister McDermott retires at 29 after string of injuries

Alister McDermott prepares to bowl Getty Images

Alister McDermott, the quick bowler who played for Queensland and Brisbane Heat, has announced his retirement at the age of 29. Despite returning to his state side after a three-year absence in 2019-20, McDermott, son of former Australia quick Craig McDermott, remained sidelined due to a string of injuries, including a broken wrist, and persistent back trouble, prompting him to end his career.

"From a young age I gave my full commitment to fulfilling my dream, looking to improve my fitness, strength, and skill level,'' McDermott wrote on his website. "Even though I did not have the extended career I had dreamed of as a kid due to injuries, form and self-confidence, I have had some amazing memories that I can be proud of, and was fortunate to play with some absolute legends of the game."

Though he struggled with injuries, McDermott, who was part of Queensland's Sheffield Shield (2011-12) and ODI Cup (2012-13) winning teams, and also Heat's Big Bash League title win in 2013, had impressive numbers across formats. He took 75 wickets at 24.77 in 20 first-class appearances, the last of which came in November 2014, before he was cut from the contract list the following season.

He also played 27 list A games, taking 48 wickets, and 25 T20s for 29 wickets. He played his last T20 in January 2015 in the BBL. McDermott was also a member of Australia's Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2010, that was led by Mitchell Marsh and included the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson.

Following a good showing in a List A match for Australia A against Durham, McDermott earned an Australia call-up as an injury replacement for the ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE in 2012. He was retained in the squad for the T20I leg of the tour as well, but did not get a look in.