His body ravaged by recurrent injuries, Queensland fast bowler Alister McDermott, son of former Australian pacer Craig, has brought about a premature end to his career at 29. <p></p> <p></p>He called time on his career following another injury-hit 12-month period. <p></p> <p></p>McDermott showed early promise, debuting as an 18-year-old in 2009 in first-class cricket and was on the verge of making the national team in 2011. <p></p> <p></p>He went on to win Sheffield Shield and one-day titles with his side and was a part of the title-winning Brisbane Heat team in the second edition of the Big Bash League. He achieved them all before turning 22. <p></p> <p></p>Injuries had threatened to derail his career earlier too before McDermott earned back his Queensland contract after a strong finish in the 2018-19 season in the Second XI cricket. <p></p> <p></p>However, he suffered a broken arm and stress fracture, which delayed his comeback to first-class cricket and eventually leading to his retirement. <p></p> <p></p>"The first seven months of the '19-20 season threw an onslaught of challenges at me," McDermott wrote on his personal website. <p></p> <p></p>"It was by far the most mentally challenging time during my career. In the space of two months, I went from the highs of receiving a contract to breaking the radius bone in my right arm in July during a fielding session." <p></p> <p></p>McDermott retires with 75 first-class wickets at 24.77 in the 20 matches he played since 2009. <p></p> <p></p>"Then I sustained my fourth stress fracture in seven years in my lower back only months later. <p></p> <p></p>"After a period of reflection, I knew building a family with my beautiful wife Erin, continuing my cricket coaching business and finishing my Secondary Teaching degree is what I truly wanted to do," he said. <p></p> <p></p>McDermott, who was one the verge of national selection in 2011 after impressing for Australia A in the UK, will get into coaching.