It may have been an ignominious end, but George Bailey ended his first-class cricket career as the Sheffield Shield's 24th highest run-scorer.
Fifteen years after debuting for his state, the former South Launceston batsman from Longford suffered a first-ball duck in his final innings when facing his 18,509th delivery at Bellerive Oval on Monday.
While the unfortunate end drew swift comparisons to Don Bradman's final innings - which was actually a second-ball duck - it perfectly mirrored the fate of another Tasmanian batting icon, David Boon, whose final innings for his state was a golden duck to Brett Lee at the same ground in 1999.
Bailey shouldered arms to a delivery from South Australian quick Wes Agar which nipped back and claimed his off stump.
After making seven in the first innings against the Redbacks, the 37-year-old former Tasmanian and Australian captain finishes his first-class career with 10,079 runs at an average of 38.32.
He scored 24 centuries with a highest score of 200 not out against NSW in Wollongong in 2017.
With 8153 runs scored in the Sheffield Shield, Bailey pulls up stumps as the third highest-scoring Tasmanian in the domestic competition, behind Jamie Cox (10821) and Michael Di Venuto (9974). He is the sixth-highest run-scorer in Australian domestic one-day cricket.
In a six-year international career, Bailey also played five Test matches, 90 One-Day Internationals and 30 T20is, helping Australia win the 2013-14 Ashes and 2015 World Cup.
In addition to leading his home state to one-day and Sheffield Shield success, the former Launceston Church Grammar School student's long career saw him play in England, India and Canada.
Bailey will play for the Hobart Hurricanes in the upcoming BBL before assuming his role as a Cricket Australia selector.
Trailing by 92 runs after the first innings, Tasmania was digging in on day three against the Redbacks.
A big seventh-wicket partnership between Ben McDermott and Lawrence Neil-Smith has given the Tigers a sniff of victory on the final day.
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