Ronchi calls time on international career

“I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket”

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New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Ronchi played for Australia early in his career, representing them in four ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals between 2008 and 2009.

However, after his opportunities dried up, he started playing for New Zealand in 2013.

During his time with the Black Caps, Ronchi featured in four Tests, 85 ODIs and 32 Twenty20 Internationals.

He was also part of New Zealand’s 2014 World Twenty20 side, 2015 World Cup squad, where the Black Caps reached their first-ever final, 2016 World Twenty20 side, and their Champions Trophy team this year.

“It was a dream come true,” Ronchi said. “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.”

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson added: “We’ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team.

“He was always prepared to play a role for the greater good of the team; to do what was required even if that risked sacrificing his wicket.

“Luke was one of the best glovemen going around and I think that’s often overlooked in a game increasingly dominated by batting and run-scoring. He was a very skilful wicketkeeper, and a very destructive batsman.

“We’ll miss having him around the group and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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