Canada's John Davison to retire after Australia game

John Davison, the Canada allrounder who in 2003 World Cup edition broke the record for the fastest World Cup century, has announced his retirement.

Davison, 40, was born in Canada but has lived nearly all his life in Australia, and he will finish his career with Wednesday's match against the Australians, the first time he has had the chance to play against his home country.

Davison spent the first half of his career as an offspinner for Victoria and South Australia, but never quite lived up to his potential and finished his career with 83 wickets for the states at an average of 55.56. However, when he discovered that he was eligible to play for Canada, having been born in British Columbia, it put a new spin on his career.

He was thrust into the national side for the 2003 World Cup and found a new lease of life as an aggressive opening batsman. His finest moment was unquestionably his 67-ball century against West Indies at Centurion during the World Cup 2003 tournament, which was at the time the quickest World Cup hundred but has since been surpassed by both Matthew Hayden and Kevin O'Brien.

John Davison has played 31 one-day internationals for Canada, including 19 as captain, and he has scored 785 runs at 27.06 and 35 wickets at 29.65.

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