Aug 18 (Reuters) - India's VVS Laxman announced his
retirement from international cricket on Saturday, despite his
selection for the two-test series against New Zealand starting
The 37-year old announced his decision to retire with
"immediate effect" at a news conference at his home city of
Hyderabad, where India will play the first test against New
Laxman scored 8781 runs in 134 tests, including 17 hundreds.
He also scored six hundreds in the 86 one-day internationals.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Justin