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Patel retires from Black Caps: reports

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017
New Zealand bowler Jeetan Patel celebrates after taking the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the third Test cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on October 11, 2016. © PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images New Zealand bowler Jeetan Patel celebrates after taking the wicket of India's captain Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the third Test cricket match between India and New Zealand at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on October 11, 2016.

Jeetan Patel has reportedly followed fellow-Black Cap Luke Ronchi into retirement from international cricket.

Several media outlets have reported that the 37-year-old offspinner is pulling up stumps on an on again-off again Black Caps career following the Champions Trophy.

Fairfax media said Patel didn't want to make a fuss but indicated he would be focusing on continuing a successful county career with Warwickshire.

Like Ronchi, who confirmed his retirement on Thursday, he would also like to keep playing domestic cricket for Wellington.

Patel played 24 Tests and 54 limited overs internationals.

His 65 Test scalps at 47.35 failed to match his dominant form over several seasons at Warwickshire.

Patel's career appeared over in 2014 when he turned down an international call up against the West Indies to focus on the county game.

However, he won a recall on last year's tour of India and most recently was part of the Champions Trophy squad in England although he wasn't selected for any of New Zealand's three games.

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