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Todd Astle retires from Test cricket to focus on limited-overs


New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle, 33, has called time on Test cricket to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game.

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Making his debut in later part of 2012 against Sri Lanka, Astle played his his final Test against Australia in Sydney earlier this month.

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In a statement, the Canterbury spinner said, “Playing Test cricket was always the dream and I’m so honoured to have represented my country and province in the longest form of the game.”

“Red-ball cricket is the pinnacle, but also requires a huge amount of time and effort. As I’ve got to the back end of my career I’ve found it harder to maintain the level of commitment required to be fully invested in this version of the game,”

he further said.

Astle made himself unavailable for the upcoming New Zealand A first-class series against India A in Christchurch. 

National selector Gavin Larsen congratulated Astle on his long-form career, which included 303 wickets for Canterbury. He also scored 4345 runs at an average of 25.86.

“Todd’s been an absolute stalwart for Canterbury in the Plunket Shield and his first-class record speaks for itself,” Larsen said.

Kiwi selectors are now looking to bring back Ajaz Patel or Mitchell Santner for the upcoming assignment.

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