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And in the end...
Dion Nash announced his retirement from all cricket on 2
May 2002, ending an injury-plagued but sporadically-brilliant
ten-year career with the New Zealand Cricket Team.
In those ten years, Nash had suffered far more than his fair
share of major injuries. More than once, he found himself
at the crossroads, having to ask himself whether he had the
will-power needed to come back from the serious back injuries
which might easily have ended his career in 1996 and again
in 2000, not to mention a host of other, less-devastating
It was a tribute to Nash's trademark attitude that he was
able to apply the determination and 'fighting spirit' he always
showed on field to make Lazarus-like comebacks from injury
that few would have thought possible, not just once, but several
times. Nonetheless, Nash lost half his career to injury and
it is, in turn, a reflection of his all-round cricketing talent
that he was able to achieve what he did in the games he was
able to play.
Nash's cricket career came to an end not, as one might have
expected, because he had finally suffered an injury from which
he could not recover, but because he no longer felt the motivation
necessary to overcome his last injury, a hip problem sustained
in Australia. Instead, Nash said he was happy to move on to
a new phase in his life and that his retirement felt, in fact,
like a weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
Although Nash is not sure what he will be doing in the future,
he is enthusiastic about the new pathways open to him, starting
with international travel, postgraduate studies, enquiries
into the business world, and his marriage in February. Surely,
whatever Nash does in the future, he will do it with the same
all-out determination which always characterised his cricket.
Meanwhile, although Nash has hung up his Black Cap, he has
not severed all ties, and will be keeping in touch with the
game through his continuing interest in the New Zealand Players'
Association. Nor has he ruled out a role in coaching, a few
years down the track. Hopefully, these are positive signs
that Nash is at peace with cricket, able to view his career
in terms of what he did achieve rather than what injury, tragically,
prevented him from acheiving.
All the best to you, Dion Nash.
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