Brisbane:Fast bowler Andy Bichel, who played the last of his 19 Tests for Australia in 2003, announced his retirement from cricket on Monday due to an ongoing shoulder ailment.
The 38-year-old Bichel was also a hard-hitting lower-order batsman. He took 58 wickets at 32.24 as he played the bulk of his Tests as the first-change bowler to Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie.
His best performances came in one-day cricket at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa where he starred in comeback victories over England and New Zealand. Bichel took 7-20 against England and shared in a rearguard 73-run stand with Michael Bevan in a man-of-the-match effort.
He finished the tournament with 16 wickets at 12.31
Bichel was domestic first-class player of the season in 2005-06 at the age of 35. He led Queensland to the interstate four-day title with 452 runs at 34.76 and 50 wickets at 26.69.