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Aussie umpire Steve Davis to retire after Eng vs NZ series

London: Australia's Steve Davis will retire after 25 years as an umpire at the conclusion of the forthcoming one-day international series between England and New Zealand.

Davis made his first-class umpiring debut in 1990-91 and his first Test appointment came in 1997 when he stood in the match between Australia and New Zealand in Hobart. During his illustrious career, Davis has umpired in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cups, 2009 and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy tournaments as well as all five ICC World Twenty20 events.

"It has been a difficult but considered decision. I have had a marvellous 25-year career during which I worked with some of the best umpires and match referees," Davis said in an ICC media release on Tuesday. "I have made many lasting friendships all around the world, both on and off the field, which I will treasure forever. "I also take this opportunity to thank Cricket Australia and the ICC for their support and the opportunities they have given me."

To date, Davis has umpired in 57 Tests, 135 one-day internationals and 26 Twenty20 internationals. The one-day series between England and New Zealand finishes at Durham's Riverside Ground on June 20.

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