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NZ ‘keeper ends 19-yr international career

New Zealand cricket’s longest international career is over, with Katey Martin hanging up her gloves after 19 years as a White Fern.

The indefatigable Otago wicketkeeper, who announced her retirement on Wednesday, was first picked for international duty in 2003.

“Cricket really has given me my life,” she said.

“From leaving Dunedin as a youngster to attend the NZC Academy in Christchurch, to traveling the world as a White Fern and representing my country, it’s been a dream come true.”

Martin, 37, leaves the game after 103 ODIs and 169 domestic one-dayers, a record for either men or women.

Her debut international outing – a Test match in India – is remarkably the last time New Zealand’s women played long-form cricket.

Martin’s last official match came on home soil at the recent World Cup, won by Australia.

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