Wellington, July 3: New Zealand's fast bowler Chris Martin announced his retirement from all forms of the game today.
Martin, the right-handed paceman, played 71 Tests for the Kiwis. He is the third highest wicket-taker for his country in Tests.
The 38-year-old Martin took 233 wickets at an average of 33.81. He also featured in 20 One Day Internationals (18 wickets) and 6 Twenty20 Internationals (7 scalps).
"It feels like the right time to step down. 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 was quoted as saying in the "New Zealand Herald".
"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're so passionate about doing well for their country has been very special. I wish Brendon and the team all the best for the future."