Niall O'Brien announces his retirement from cricket

Niall O'Brien, one of the pillars of Irish cricket in their rise to Test status over the last 15 years, has announced his retirement from the game. O'Brien follows his team-mate Ed Joyce in deciding to call time shortly after playing in Ireland's inaugural Test, against Pakistan at Malahide in May.
Niall O'Brien announces his retirement from cricket
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Alongside Joyce, William Porterfield, Trent Johnston, and his brother, Kevin, Niall O'Brien was one of the key figures among a generation of Irish players who lifted the game to previously unimagined heights. In all, he played 216 times for Ireland, including 103 ODIs, 30 T20Is and a single Test, scoring more than 6000 runs across the formats.

"To all at Cricket Ireland a sincere thank you for allowing me to wear the shamrock for 16 years," he said. "There are too many fond memories to mention so I just wish the team and the organisation all the very best for the future and I will be watching keenly from afar. From playing relatively small fixtures at the start of my career to competing and winning World Cup matches to being there to play in our first Test match meant I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamt and for this I look back with nothing but fondness.
"Finally, and most importantly, thank you to my family for all the guidance and support down the years whether it was driving me to matches, throwing balls to me in the garden or travelling to the Caribbean to watch me play. Without you I would not have amounted to anything on the field so a huge thank you to all the O'Briens.
"Now is a time for myself and my wonderful wife Bex to welcome our new addition into the world and enjoy some family time together."
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