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Fastest WC centurion Davison to quit after Aus match

Last updated on: March 15, 2011 16:46 IST

67-ball century vs West Indies in 2003 World Cup

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Veteran Canada batsman John Davison will bow out of international cricket after his side's last World Cup match against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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Davison shot to prominence with a 67-ball century against the West Indies in the 2003 World Cup, the then fastest ton in the quadrennial event.

His record was bettered by Australia's Mathew Hayden (66 balls) versus South Africa at the 2007 World Cup. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien improved upon that mark at the ongoing World Cup when he got to the milestone against England with 50 balls.

The 41-year-old was born in Canada but lived almost all his life in Australia, the country he always wanted to represent.


Image: Canada's John Davison celebrates after scoring the fastest hundred in World Cup history during the Pool B match between West Indies and Canada on February 23, 2003
Photographs: Getty Images
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'Pretty fitting to end with match against Australia'

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"I suppose its pretty fitting. I've lived all my life there. I was never quite good enough to get a game for them. It will be a great experience to play against them.

"There'r some guys in the team who I've had a fair bit to do with, playing against or coaching. So it would be nice to have a good showing against them," Davison said of his farewell match.


Image: Davison and Ashish Bagai

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'Davison has great memories of the World Cup'

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Australia skipper Ricky Ponting's association with Davison also goes back a long way.

"Know a lot about John as a cricketer. Twenty years back or so, played with or against him at various state competitions, and also did quite a few overseas tours with him as part of the cricket academy," Ponting said.

"He has had great memories of the World Cup, playing for Canada. He will be able to look back at the World Cup and look at the good moments," he added.


Image: Ricky Ponting

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'Hope there's one more innings like in 2003 left in me'

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Davison took a walk down memory lane when a reporter reminded him of the innings against West Indies eight years ago.

"I hope there is one more innings like that left in me," he said.

"I was hitting it a lot better than I am now. I was just able to hit through the line. It was one of those days when everything I tried came off," he added.

Davison has played 31 one-day internationals for Canada, scoring 785 runs at an average of a shade under 30, besides picking 35 wickets.


Image: Former West Indies captain Viv Richards presents the Man of the Match award to John Davison after 2003 World Cup Pool B match between West Indies and Canada

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