Tim Murtagh has become the second player in the last month to retire from international cricket with Ireland, opting to continue his county career with Middlesex by signing a two-year deal.

The 38 year-old's final action for Ireland was his memorable five-wicket haul in the Test match at Lord's against England.

He made his debut in 2012 against Australia, going on to win 97 caps across all formats.

He took 142 wickets at 25.54, including two five-wicket hauls, in the aforementioned Test against England (5-13) and also this year in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Belfast (5-21).

With the bat the 'Lambeth Lara' had two memorable innings, hitting an unbeaten half century in the Test against Afghanistan at number 11, and his unbeaten 23 to beat Scotland by one-wicket in a World Cup qualifier at Belfast in 2013 - hitting a six and four from the fourth and fifth deliveries of the final over.

Injury denied him a place at the 2015 World Cup in Australia - his biggest regret - but he did feature for the Irish in three editions of the T20 World Cup.

“This is a day that I have known has been coming for a few years since the ECB changed their regulations, but it hasn't made the decision any easier," said Murtagh.

"I've had eight great years playing international cricket and loved every minute of it. It's sad that it has come to an end but a decision that I have made my peace with.

“There are many people to thank for helping me on this journey. Firstly, my amazing wife Karina and the whole family who have endured many weeks/months of me away on tour living the dream. All the management and players from Cricket Ireland who have made me feel so welcome from ‘ball one’. Also, the management at Middlesex Cricket for encouraging me to play at as high a level as I could.

“A Test Match at Lord’s against England is a great way to finish my international career and a game I will always cherish. I wish the lads all the best for the winter tours and very much hope to help out and be involved in some capacity in the future.

“Finally, thank you for the support from everyone over in Ireland, both north and south of the border. Very much appreciated and I will be over to see everyone soon.”