Dan Christian to retire from all cricket

Dan Christian has called stumps on his time on the global Twenty20 roadshow, announcing this summer's Big Bash League will be his last tournament.

The most experienced T20 player in Australia, Christian has played 405 matches for 18 different teams, including at international level and in seven separate competitions.

Set to turn 40 later this year, Christian told his Sydney Sixers teammates at training on Friday he would finish up after the finals as he pursues a ninth title in franchise cricket.

"Hopefully we can go all the way again this season, but regardless it's been a great run," Christian posted on social media.

"I've achieved things and made some memories that I could have only dreamt of as a kid.

"What I didn't expect to learn as a kid though is how many people I was going to come in contact with that have had an influence on my career and ended up becoming lifelong friends.

"I'm looking forward to now having the time to catch up with you all and not having to use the excuse 'sorry, I've got cricket'."

Along with his prolific Twenty20 career in franchise cricket, Christian also played 23 matches for Australia in the format and 20 ODIs.

He made a rare cameo back in national colours on tours of West Indies and Bangladesh in 2021, but was overlooked for the T20 World Cup squad later that year.

The Indigenous talent is one of six players to have taken a one-day hat-trick for Australia, as part of his career-best figures of 5-31 against Sri Lanka in 2012.

At BBL level, Christian remains the only player to have scored more than 2000 runs and taken more than 90 wickets, with a record 133 games to his name.

He was also the star of the Melbourne Renegades' only title success in 2019, as he earned man-of-the-match honours in the final.