Former New Zealand international batsman James Marshall has announced his retirement from all cricket, ending a 16-year career in the game.
Marshall, who played seven Tests, 10 One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals, a number of those alongside twin brother Hamish, has captained Northern Districts for the last two seasons but has not played in the final part of the domestic season due to a calf injury.
He scored a sole half-century in Test cricket, but an innings of 161 in an ODI against Ireland in 2008 briefly lifted him to the top of the Cricket World Most Valuable Player Rankings, although this proved to be his final ODI.
In all cricket, he scored 7,422 first-class runs, 4,902 one-day runs and 698 Twenty20 runs with 20 centuries.
"These are never easy decisions to make and after 16 years it's going to be a big change for me," Marshall said.
"But it's the logical one for myself and my family at this point in my life. Having done a 44-day stint away from home this season, my wife looking after our young son, it was time for me to re-evaluate.
"I'm also excited to have accepted a full-time career opportunity with Barfoot & Thompson Commercial in Auckland.
"Barfoot & Thompson Commercial have undertaken to support me in my transition away from professional cricket and, putting all those factors together, I just felt it was a nice time to retire. It's been 16 amazing years, with quite a few trophies in recent seasons, and at 34 I'm very satisfied with what I have achieved."
Marshall made his debut for Northern Districts in 1997/8, going on to become their leading run-scorer in first-class and one-day cricket and no player has appeared more often than his 126 games for them in the Plunket Shield.
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