Bengaluru, April 1: New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket today. His team-mate Daniel Vettori, had announced his retirement on Mar 31, 2015 after the World Cup final loss in Melbourne, Australia. The 36-year old fast bowler was part of the World Cup squad, which was his third World Cup campaign, although he did not play a match.
Mills is second only to Vettori on New Zealand's all-time one-day international wicket-taker, with 240 scalps from 170 appearances. He also played 19 Tests and collected 44 wickets and has 43 wickets from his 42 Twenty20 internationals to his name.
Mills began his first-class career for Auckland in 1998-99 and won his first New Zealand cap in the One Day format against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2001. The New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, said Mills had been a fine bowler in the 50-over format especially for many years.
"It's been an honour and privilege to play cricket for my country over the past 14 years and I will miss it greatly. However the time is right for me to step away from playing this great game and devote more time to my family who have sacrificed so much for me to keep playing the game I love," wrote Mills on the official website of ICC
"I'm now looking forward to watching this exciting young New Zealand team over the next few years and enjoying their on-going success and achievements," he added.