Helen Watson, the New Zealand allrounder, has announced her retirement from cricket, ending her nine-year international career. Watson, 36, played 61 one-dayers, including winning the World Cup on home soil in 2000 and a rare Rose Bowl victory in 1999 in her debut series.

In ODIs, she took 50 wickets at an average of 23.14 and an economy rate of 3.17, and made 568 runs. She also played eight international Twenty20s. At regional level, Watson represented Canterbury and Auckland, winning seven national titles.

"I have gained immense satisfaction and enjoyment playing cricket at all levels," said Watson, "with the pinnacle being my years playing for the White Ferns. The time is now right for me to hang up my boots and although I will no longer play the game there is no doubt that I will remain a keen supporter of cricket in the future.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout my cricket career. It has been a fantastic journey."

Catherine Campbell, the women's cricket manager of New Zealand Cricket, added: "Helen has made a terrific contribution to the White Ferns throughout her career. Her experience and talents will be missed and we wish her all the best in the future."