Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha retires

Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha
Andre Botha made his Ireland debut in 2001

Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 35-year-old played 141 times for Ireland, although injury restricted his appearances in recent seasons.

The Johannesburg-born Botha scored 3,606 runs at an average of 27.74, sixth in the Irish all-time list.

But he may be best remembered for his spell of two wickets for five runs off eight overs in the memorable 2007 World Cup win against Pakistan in Jamaica.

He took 176 wickets at an average of just 21.99, which sees him occupy eighth place in the all-time Irish rankings.

Botha also holds the record partnership for Ireland - 360 for the third wicket with Eoin Morgan against the UAE in 2007.

"I haven't taken this decision lightly, but sometimes your body makes up your mind for you," said Botha.

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