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Martin calls it a day

New Zealand seamer Chris Martin has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The 38-year-old bows out having played 71 Tests - most recently against South Africa in January - 20 one-day internationals and six Twenty20 games for the Black Caps, though his most recent limited-overs involvement was in 2008.

"It feels like the right time to step down," he told New Zealand's official website.

"Wearing the silver fern has brought me a huge amount of pride and will be something I'll always cherish. Representing the Black Caps has been a massive privilege, and playing with a group of guys who are so passionate about doing well for their country has been very special.

"I want to thank my family, all those at New Zealand Cricket, Auckland Cricket and Canterbury Cricket for their help and support over the years.

"I have loved every second and given it everything when playing for the Black Caps, but after 15 years of professional cricket, it's time to pursue a new challenge."

Martin's first, last and best Test performances came against South Africa.

He made his debut in Bloemfontein in 2000, took 11-180 in a 2004 victory over the Proteas in Auckland, and bowed out in Cape Town this year.

Martin took 233 Test wickets at an average of 33.81, putting him third on New Zealand's all-time list, but was perhaps as well known for his legendarily poor batting.

He scored 123 runs in 104 Test innings at an average of 2.36, reaching double-figures on just one occasion - an unbeaten 12 against Bangladesh.

Martin's 36 ducks are second only to Courtney Walsh in five-day cricket, while his seven Test pairs are a record.

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