4 Jul 2013

Chris Martin announces retirement

6:09 am on 4 July 2013

The New Zealand pace bowler Chris Martin has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The 38-year-old played 71 tests, 20 one day internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand after making his test debut against South Africa in 2000.

Martin retires as New Zealand's third-highest test wicket-taker with 233 dismissals.

He says after 15 years of professional cricket, it's time to pursue a new challenge.

Martin also played domestic cricket for Canterbury and Auckland.

One of Martin's most memorable performances came in 2004 when he collected match figures of 11 for 180 and led New Zealand to a rare test victory over South Africa.

He was also a part of the Black Caps' historic test win over Australia in Hobart in 2012.