New Zealand news July 9, 2014

Ian Butler announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ian Butler, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has announced his retirement from the game. In a career blighted by debilitating back injuries, Butler played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and 19 T20 internationals, and his last match for his country was against England at The Oval in June 2013.

"It is time to accept that the body has had enough," said Butler, still only 32. "Sad but exciting times, hopefully the next chapter in life will be more family, friends and partner friendly."

Butler made his debut against England at Christchurch in 2002 as a quick 20-year old but his career seemed to be over following a serious back injury after an ODI against Australia in 2004. He cut down on speed and attempted to reinvent himself as a batsman at Northern Districts.

Improved fitness and success with a move to Otago in 2008-09 revived his international career, and he made his comeback against Australia in February 2009. He had a final, short-lived stint when he played a few T20s against England in 2013. He enjoyed a productive time at Otago, with 87 first-class and 58 List A wickets.

"Ian has given fantastic service to us since coming down here in 2008," Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes said. "At that point his international career was seemingly over, but the way he dealt with his debilitating injuries and his exacting preparation saw him reinvent himself as a quality allrounder and become a 'go to' bowler for both the Volts and the BLACKCAPS. His ability to 'finish' games with both bat and ball set him apart as a sought after specialist in the short forms of the game.

"He was a quality cricketer and is a quality individual whose strong values and exacting standards will add much to whatever he does in the future. We wish him every success in life after cricket and thank him for an outstanding contribution to the recent successes of the Volts."

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  • Blake on July 10, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Thank you Ian Butler. I was eagerly watching your progress for Northamptonshire this season, and when I saw your name disappear from the team scorecards, I feared another injury. Turns out it was just one too many.

    All the best champ.

  • Anil on July 10, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    A promising career cut short, could have been next Shane Bond.

  • Torben on July 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I would like to record my appreciation to you for all your service to NZ cricket, Ian. As cricket fans, we expect so much of our players. Sometimes efforts aren't always rewarded in the way that we hope. You always struck me as someone who was ambitious and delivered the best that you could. When things didn't work out one way, you tried another. In other circumstances, we could be lauding you as one of NZ's best ever. May you have a happy retirement and continue to contribute to the next generation.

  • Jordan on July 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I can see this man becoming a sports journalist or commentator, ect. He's a very funny man with a passion for sport. I'm a big fan of him and wish him luck with his future as he was a great cricketer.

  • Android on July 9, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Goodbye Ian, you gave us great hopes when I thought my namesake has had enough in 2004. Sadly a career and talent demised by injuries which promised much more remains unfulfilled. Hope you've a great time ahead with your family and friends. My favourite moment was a bouncer to Freddy Flintoff which stuck him right on the grill in an ODI (2004 maybe) and your six-for vs Pakistan. Cheers mate.

  • Sachit on July 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    I felt he made a comeback and on the verge of reviving his career. But it's sad to see a great cricketer retiring

  • Android on July 9, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    He was great all rounder for blackcaps

  • Android on July 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    He was great all rounder for blackcaps

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