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Ireland's O'Brien retires from international cricket

AFP  |  Dublin 

wicketkeeper-batsman announced on Friday that he is retiring from international and first-class after a 16-year career.

The 36-year-old, who made his international debut against in 2002, played 216 times for and appeared in his nation's first-ever Test, against Pakistan, in May this year.

O'Brien opted for the number 72 shirt to mark his match-winning score in Ireland's famous win against at

His county career included spells with Kent, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from international and professional cricket," said O'Brien, who has played much of his career alongside his younger brother

"I have been blessed to have been lucky enough to have represented my country for 16 years with plenty more ups than downs and for this I look back with nothing but smiles and laughter."

said O'Brien had been symbolic of the rise of Irish

"He has the distinction of being central to one of those truly iconic Irish sporting moments -- win over in 2007," he said.

"While he had many more achievements throughout his career subsequent to this, it is the part he played in that win that etched him into the Irish sporting psyche and something he should be justifiably proud of.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:35 IST