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Kevin O'Brien retires from int’l cricket

Kevin O'Brien retires from int’l cricket

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Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket after falling out of contention for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia, reports AFP. O’Brien played three Tests, 153 one-day internationals and 110 T20 internationals during a 16-year international career and had spells with a number of English county clubs and T20 franchise sides around the world. The 38-year-old famously blasted the Irish to victory over England in a 2011 World Cup group match in India with a 50-ball century -- still the tournament’s quickest. The Dubliner scored 9,048 runs in total for Ireland, including the country’s first Test hundred, a

second-innings knock of 118 against Pakistan in 2018, and took 276 wickets. In a statement on Twitter, O’Brien, who for many years played alongside older brother Niall, said: “Today I announce my retirement from

international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country. “I had hoped to finish my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia, but having not been picked for the Irish squad since last year’s World Cup, I feel the selectors and management are looking elsewhere.” O'Brien has signalled his intention to develop his coaching career.