Fitting finale for Davison

Veteran batsman calls time on international career

Last Updated: 15/03/11 3:56pm

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Davison: Final hurrah

Davison: Final hurrah

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Canada batsman John Davison will retire from international cricket after Wednesday's Group A fixture against Australia.

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It is a fitting swansong for the 40-year-old, who has spent most of his life in Australia and once harboured dreams of wearing the Baggy Green.

Davison made his name at the 2003 World Cup with a 67-ball century against West Indies at Centurion.

And he admitted it was "pretty fitting" that his last game should be against the country he was "never quite good enough to get a game for."

As a coach at the Australian academy, Davison has spent time working with spinners Jason Krejza and Steve Smith.


Defending champions Australia, already safely in the quarter-finals after three wins and a no-result from their four matches to date, look set to give paceman Shaun Tait a rest in Bangalore.

Tait has a history of injury problems and John Hastings is likely to make his tournament debut in his place.

"Tait would be the obvious one, three games in a short period of time, he's probably the obvious one to give a break," said Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

"If he was to go, then Hastings would come in and then we look at what we do with the new ball, that would create some issues, but that would be the obvious change we'd look at."

Ponting also suggested the batting order could be altered to give certain players the chance for more time in the middle.

"The batting stuff could be relying on how the game is actually going," addd Ponting.

"(Brad) Haddin, (Shane) Watson and (Michael) Clarke at the moment all look pretty good.

"Myself and Whitey (Cameron White) could probably do with more time in the middle as could Steve Smith. Mike Hussey, even though he played well, needs more game time. We'll make sure we have our thinking right for tomorrow."

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