Justin Langer announced his retirement today. I really like JL, he's a tough cookie, a champion, and a nice bloke.
He got concussion to mark his 100 test match at the Wanderers, and although he retired hurt, he and Ricky Ponting almost fell out because he wanted to bat at the end of the innings if it was needed, and Ricky told him he would declare the innings and forfeit the match before he let him go back on field.
In reply, Justin apparently said he would never speak to him again if he forfeited. Lucky it didn't come to that. Someone, if my memory serves me correctly it was Brett Lee, scored the winning runs.
Anyway, Justin debuted for the Warriors in 91, so I must have met him, I'm sure I did way back, but my mum says I didn't. At least 14 years ago though, my brother though was loitering about the nets when he was training one day, and JL gave him the ball he'd been using. Which I still have. Treasure!
Justin Langer, I salute you!
EDIT: And no comments about the photo, it was the concussion!
Photo: Alexander Joe