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Cruel end to one-Test wonder’s career

Callum Ferguson’s first-class career has ended in tragic circumstances, with the South Australian veteran dismissed three runs short of a century on Wednesday.

After a stellar 16-year career with the Redbacks, Ferguson announced this week’s Sheffield Shield match against the Queensland Bulls would be his last.

The 35-year-old was on track for a dream farewell in the second innings at Glenelg Oval. Coming to the crease at 3/65, Ferguson combined with wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen for a mammoth fifth-wicket partnership.

But Ferguson fell short of mustering a 21st first-class century, trapped LBW by paceman Mark Steketee for 97.

Each of Queensland’s players offered a fist bump as the one-Test wonder made his way back to the pavilion.

During his classy knock – which featured 16 boundaries and lasted 195 deliveries – he passed the legendary Les Favell to become South Australia’s fourth-highest run-scorer in Sheffield Shield history.

A heart-breaking end to a fabulous career.

Well batted Ferg 👏 #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/UVIfYbKHpP

Cal Ferguson lbw for 97 in his final first-class innings.

Such is cricket. Helluva nice guy.#Cricket

Ferguson ends his first-class career with 9386 runs at a commendable batting average of 37.10.

He played one Test match against South Africa in November 2016 before he was brutally dropped during an infamous change of the guard.

“I’d like to thank my family, my parents Pauline and Jim, and my wife Rhiannon who have supported me through the journey,” Ferguson said in a statement.

“I also have great gratitude for all my teammates, coaches, SACA Members and fans who have made my time in the baggy red most enjoyable, and I have always been proud to play for this great state.

“I wish nothing but the best for the team which I believe has the talent and drive to take us to a Shield in the years to come. I’m looking forward to playing in the Marsh Cup later in the season and continuing to help mentor our young exciting players.”

Usman Khawaja congratulates Callum Ferguson.Source:Getty Images

MOST SHEFFIELD SHIELD RUNS FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Darren Lehmann – 11,622

Greg Blewett – 9628

David Hookes – 9364

Callum Ferguson – 8318

Les Favell – 8269

Ferguson will continue to represent the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, which is set to commence in early December.

Nielsen went on to plunder his second Sheffield Shield century, before Steketee removed him for 114.

Earlier, South Australian captain Travis Head was removed for a duck, caught behind off Michael Neser.

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