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"It hasn’t been a great time for cricket": Krezja on Hughes

Trinity Catholic College students with cricketer Jason Krezja at the NSW Home Ground Cricket Tour visit to Mortimer Oval, Lismore.
Trinity Catholic College students with cricketer Jason Krezja at the NSW Home Ground Cricket Tour visit to Mortimer Oval, Lismore. Cathy Adams

MULTIPLE hip and knee surgeries made it an easy decision for former Australian Test spinner Jason Krezja to call stumps on his professional career.

Krezja, 31, who made his Test debut against India in 2008, was a keen observer as David Warner and Australia dominated on the opening day of the Test match against India in Adelaide yesterday.

He was watching the game on a temporary big screen at Mortimer Oval in Lismore as the Home Ground Cricket Tour came to town.

Krejza last saw his former Australian teammates at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney before the Phillip Hughes funeral in Macksville last week.

"I was at the hospital the day Phil passed away and that was quite an emotional experience," Krezja said.

"I knew him pretty well and it hasn't been a great time for cricket.

"Looking at the Test at the moment, there hasn't been any back-peddling and the boys are getting on with it.

"I think we can have a really good summer of Test cricket and perform in the World Cup."

Krezja was promoting the ICC World Cup with the Cricket NSW roadshow.

He was part of the 2011 squad that contested the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The free tour is part of an initiative by the NSW Government with 27 stops along the way.

Krejza plays grade cricket for Mosman in Sydney and has started his own coaching business.

He put some Trinity Catholic College students through their paces before playing in a Twenty20 game last night.

"Unofficially, I'm pretty well retired now and I do clinics for a living," Krezja said.

"My body just wasn't up to it the last two years while I was in Tassie.

"Coaching kids is great if you can get them early and help them reach their full potential," Krezja said.

 

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