Neser withdraws from Shield match mid-innings due to personal reasons, Queensland to play one short


Michael Neser has withdrawn from Queensland’s Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania for personal reasons.

Neser was 51 not out when Queensland went to stumps at 3-293 on day one of the clash in Hobart, eying his second century of the Shield season.

However, the 33-year-old made the call to return home to Brisbane before Friday’s second day of play, officially marked as “retired out” on the scoresheet. 

Ben McDermott replaced him at the wicket for the start of day two.

“Michael Neser has withdrawn from the Sheffield Shield game in Hobart and returned to Brisbane for personal reasons,” Queensland Cricket (QC) said in a statement.

“Under match conditions, he will not be replaced in the match. 

“QC will update his availability for coming matches in due course and requests that Michael’s privacy be respected during this time.”

Neser, who played the most recent of his two Tests for Australia in Adelaide last year, had started the season with scores of 18, 140 and 90 for Queensland.

Largely considered a pace-bowling allrounder, Neser also hit two centuries in his two previous first-class innings while playing for Glamorgan in county cricket.

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