"I have been fighting this day for about eight months," Astle said. "I so desperately wanted to go to my fourth World Cup, but deep down inside I knew that I was lacking motivation and the enjoyment levels were just not there," he added.
"Enjoyment has always been a huge factor for why I play the game and when that faltered I knew it was time to move on," he said.
He said he reached his decision after Tuesday's match against
in England and is undecided on whether to continue at first-class level. Adelaide
Astle scored 16 centuries in limited-overs internationals, a record for
, and 7,090 runs at an average of 34.92. Only current captain Stephen Fleming has scored more one-day runs for New Zealand . New Zealand
He also made 4,702 runs in Tests, including 11 centuries, and took 99 wickets, but his finest achievement was an innings of 222 against England in Christchurch five years ago when his 153-ball double century became the fastest in history.
coach John Bracewell reacted with surprise to Astle's decision and said his departure is a huge loss to the side. New Zealand
"Statistically, his record puts him into a position of greatness, but probably the greatest loss will be his stability and influence inside the team," Bracewell said.
Astle made his debut in 1995 against
West Indiesat home. Back-to-back hundreds on a tour of West Indiesin his third and fourth Tests earned him a permanent place in the side and he peaked in 2002 with the fastest Test double-century.
He reached the milestone from only 153 balls against
at England and went on to finish with 222, his highest Test score.” Christchurch
It seems that fans will miss another star in the World Cup Cricket. This really matters when one of the most experienced and a reliable player in the team goes for retirement just before a big tournament like World Cup Cricket. I do not know how