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Ben Hilfenhaus has announced his retirement from first class cricket..

Ben Hilfenhaus announces retirement from first class cricket

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Australia bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has announced his retirement from first class cricket.

The 32-year-old, who has confirmed he will continue to play Twenty20, claimed health reasons were behind the decision, announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Hilfenhaus, quoted by Cricket Tasmania, said: "I feel like I have been blessed and honoured to represent Tasmania and Australia. It was a childhood dream & I'm very grateful."

The right-arm paceman played a total of 104 first class matches. He took 99 wickets in 27 Tests, making his debut in 2009 against South Africa.

However, Hilfenhaus has not worn the baggy green since since Australia faced Sri Lanka in Hobart more than three years ago - a nd has struggled recently with hamstring issues.

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