Nathan Bracken was forced to retire in 2009 due to a knee injury    AFP
Nathan Bracken was forced to retire in 2009 due to a knee injury AFP

Former Australian pacer Nathan Bracken will be coming out of his retirement on 5th of November to play for a fundraiser match where he will captain an Australian team against a New Zealand outfit for the Battle of the Smashers inaugural Tibby Cotter Cup. Tibby Cotter is a very well-known Australian pacer who was the inception point for the pace bowling attack. Back in his time, Bracken was once the best bowler in the world but he picked up a career-ending knee injury which forced him to retire prematurely in 2009. READ: Cricket Australia ought to hang their head in shame over how they have treated Nathan Bracken

Now as Bracken will once again be sporting the Australian jersey on Sunday, he was quoted by sportsta.me as, The reason I m playing in the match I ll be bowling off only two-steps because of my knee injury is because I believe the men and women who serve our country deserve to be supported after their duty is done. The centenary of the Gallipoli landing has come and gone, as has (it seems) the pledges many politicians made at countless ceremonies last year to look after our vets.

Cricket Australia had refused to pay Bracken for his injury which had forced the player to sell his house to get himself treated. In March, 2015, Bracken sued Cricket Australia for $1 million over his knee injury and claiming that the board failed to investigate, diagnose and treat, which he suffered before an ODI match against England in 2007. But later after two months in May, he settled his case against the board.