The seamer, who has taken 297 first-class wickets, played one Test for Australia in 2016
Mennie, 32, missed the entire 2020-21 Australian season due to the pandemic travel restrictions while he was in the UK and though he had come back for this pre-season with the Redbacks he has opted to call time.
“I am extremely grateful towards the Redbacks for backing me across the journey, in particular through a difficult period across last season and into this season,” he said. “To have two young children is an incredible joy, and I need to be as close to them as possible.
“They are, and will always be, the most important part of my life, and I can’t wait to get back to the UK and see them again. My journey with SACA has been a long and enjoyable one, but the time has come for me to move into the next phase of my life, and I am excited to do that with those closest to me.”
Mennie’s biggest haul in a domestic season came in 2015-16 when he claimed 51 wickets at 21.21 and he had another standout campaign in 2018-19 with 37 wickets at 19.72.
“When looking at the numbers, it is clear that Joe is one of the greatest bowlers the Redbacks have seen; but Joe’s impact on this great state goes well beyond the numbers,” South Australia head coach Jason Gillespie said. “He is a true professional, always willing to put the team first, and someone that we will greatly miss.
“Not only has Joe represented South Australia, he also has a prized baggy green cap resting beside his baggy red, and that is something that he will be able to treasure forever. Something that he earned through dedication, hard-work, commitment and passion.
“We thank Joe for every delivery he bowled as a Redback and his willingness to get stuck into the task at hand every day. We wish him and his loved ones well. He will always be welcome at Adelaide Oval.”