Luke Ronchi ends his international career

Luke Ronchi has retired from international cricket
Luke Ronchi has retired from international cricket
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New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.

The 36-year-old started his career with the Australian team in 2008 and featured in four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals but things changed significantly for Ronchi, when he switched to New Zealand.

It was in March 2012, Ronchi signed with Wellington and made his Plunkett Shield debut and by April 2013, he was included in the Black Caps squad becoming the first player to feature for both Australia and New Zealand.

Ronchi has featured in four Tests for the Black Caps in which he has scored 319 runs at an average close to 40 but the rise of BJ Watling kept him out of contention.

His significant contribution though came in the limited overs format and has made 85 appearances in ODIs and 32 in T20Is scoring close to 2000 runs combined. The highlight of his career will remain his unbeaten 170 run knock that came off just 99 deliveries against Sri Lanka in January 2015 where New Zealand went on to post 360 from being 93 for five at one stage.

"It was a dream come true," said Ronchi.

"I can't think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket. From the 2015 World Cup campaign, through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it's been a genuine highlight for me.

"It would also be remiss of me to not acknowledge the incredible support provided by my wife Shaan and our children Brody and Indi. Cricket takes you away from home for long periods of time, and my family have been very understanding".

Ronchi will be available to play for Wellington in domestic circuit and also domestic T20 leagues around the world.

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