Bollinger finally bows out

07 February 2018 07:17:52 EST

New South Wales will have to make an alteration to their bowling attack as the Sheffield Shield resumes following the retirement of veteran paceman Doug Bollinger.

The left-armer was instrumental in his state's away win versus Queensland in November - his six wickets the most taken by any bowler in the match.

The 36-year-old has been congratulated on a career that saw him play Tests, one-day and Twenty20 internationals by Cricket Australia.

"Doug has had a fantastic career, and we congratulate him on his achievements at international and domestic level," CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

"He was a fierce competitor on the field who gave his all every time he represented his country. He was a skilful bowler who claimed more than 100 international wickets and enjoyed success against the best in the world.

"Doug has made a tremendous contribution to cricket in Australia across more than 15 years - we thank him for his service, and hope he remains involved in the game following his playing career."

The competition-leading Blues will replace Bollinger with either Mickey Edwards or Harry Conway in Perth.

Australia pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are all resting ahead of the Test tour of South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Perth Scorchers are 14/1 to win the Big Bash League next year, with the Hobart Hurricanes 12/5 and the Melbourne Stars 11/1.

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