The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) today paid tribute to former Australian and Tasmanian bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, who has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
A feared swing bowler, Hilfenhaus played with both Tasmania and Nottinghamshire at first-class level and represented his country over 50 times.
In 2007 he made his international ODI and T20I debuts, earnt a CA contract and was voted in as the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year by his peers.
Hilfenhaus finally pulled on the Baggy Green in 2009 at Johannesburg, before heading to the UK for the Ashes, where he claimed 22 wickets to lead the series wicket takers.
He played a crucial role in helping Tasmania secure their first-ever Sheffield Shield title in 2006-07, claiming seven wickets in the final. He was also a member of Tasmania's victorious Shield teams in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said:
“Ben’s contribution to Australian and Tasmanian cricket is recognised by his very impressive record. He is a very well liked player in the cricket fraternity and gained enormous respect through his fierce competitive nature.
"Ben still adds a lot of value in the BBL both on and off the field and we wish him all the best as he continues on this journey.”