16 Dec 2009

Black Caps play tribute to Iain O'Brien

6:56 am on 16 December 2009

Iain O'Brien's Black Caps team mates have paid tribute to the 33-year old pace bowler, who retired from international cricket yesterday after the drawn third test against Pakistan

O'Brien's captain for most of his five years in top cricket, Dan Vettori, says his commitment and consistency leaves a significant gap in the Black Caps attack.

And wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum says O'Brien probably got quicker as he went on, and some of the spells he's bowled in the latter part of his career have been pretty devastating.

O'Brien announced his retirement during the second Test in Wellington saying he planned to move to the United Kingdom to live with his wife and plans to play county cricket for Middlesex.

He played his first two Tests in 2005, and has been a regular since the 2007/08 season and in 22 tests took 73 wickets, with a best peformance of six for 75 against the West Indies in Napier last summer.