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Former New Zealand pace bowler Ian Butler has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Butler, whose career was bogged down by back injuries, represented New Zealand in eight Test matches, 26 ODIs and 19 Twenty20 Internationals.
“It is time to accept that the body has had enough,” Butler said. “Sad but exciting times, hopefully the next chapter in life will be more family, friends and partner friendly.”
Butler made his international debut at the age of 20 against England in Christchurch in 2002.
However, his career veered off track after a serious back injury following an ODI against Australia in 2004.
In an attempt to revive his career, Butler cut down on his pace and tried to become a batsman while playing for Northern Districts.
His international career came back to life in 2009 after he moved to Otago in 2008.
However, he was not the same player he had been and his last match for New Zealand came against England in 2013.
But, Butler had a successful time with Otago, taking 87 first-class and 58 List A wickets.
“Ian has given fantastic service to us since coming down here in 2008,” Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes said. “At that point his international career was seemingly over, but the way he dealt with his debilitating injuries and his exacting preparation saw him reinvent himself as a quality allrounder and become a “go to” bowler for both the Volts and the BLACKCAPS. His ability to “finish” games with both bat and ball set him apart as a sought after specialist in the short forms of the game.
“He was a quality cricketer and is a quality individual whose strong values and exacting standards will add much to whatever he does in the future. We wish him every success in life after cricket and thank him for an outstanding contribution to the recent successes of the Volts.”