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New Zealand Cricket News January 2007

Nathan Astle announces retirement

New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle retired from international cricket Friday, ending a 12-year career of 81 tests and 223 one-day internationals.
Astle, 35, announced his retirement at a news conference in Perth, in the middle of a limited-overs tri-series involving New Zealand, Australia and England and only weeks out from his fourth World Cup. The right-hander, who supplemented his batting by bowling deceptive medium pace, said he reached his decision to retire after New Zealand's tri-series match against England at Adelaide on Tuesday. He made scores of 45, 0, 0 and 1 in New Zealand's tri-series matches and said his motivation and enjoyment were lacking.
Astle scored 16 centuries in limited-overs internationals, a record for New Zealand, and 7,090 runs at an average of 34.92. Only Stephen Fleming has scored more one-day runs for New Zealand and only two New Zealand players, Fleming and Chris Harris, have played more one-day internationals. Astle scored 4,702 runs in tests, including 11 centuries, at an average of 37.02 and took 99 wickets. He was poised to become the 13th New Zealander to take 100 wickets in tests.

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