South Africa all-rounder Pretorius announces shock retirement

Dwaine Pretorius, a South African all-rounder, has declared his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Dwaine Pretorius has 60 South African caps across all three forms, appearing in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs, and three Tests.

Dwaine Pretorius, announces shock retirement

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Pretorius showed his skill with both the bat and the ball in international cricket, amassing 1895 runs and 77 wickets across formats. Pretorius has been a regular in South Africa’s limited-overs cricket since making his international debut in 2016. He was a member of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup teams. He ended the T20 World Cup as South Africa’s joint-highest wicket-taker, with nine wickets in five matches. In the 2019 50-over competition, he was named Player of the Match in South Africa’s match against Sri Lanka with figures of 3/25.

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His finest shortest-format performance came against Pakistan in Lahore in 2021, when he recorded his first and only five-wicket haul in international cricket. His 5/17 stats are now the greatest for a South African player in men’s T20I cricket. In announcing his retirement, the 33-year-old said that he would want to play more franchise cricket throughout the globe in order to “have a better balance in my professional and family life.

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“A few days ago, I made one of the hardest choices of my cricketing career,” Pretorius said in a statement. I’ve chosen to retire from international cricket in its entirety. “My primary ambition as a child was to play for the Proteas. I had no idea how it would happen, but God blessed me with skill and a strong desire to achieve. The rest was up to him. For the remainder of my career, I will concentrate on T20 and other shorter forms.

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Everyone I’ve played with and against throughout the years has had an influence on my career. It’s tough to single out just one or two players that had an influence, but here are a handful I was privileged to spend a lot of time with: Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Steven Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil Mackenzie, and Andrea Agathagelou, we spent hours and hours working together in order to achieve our dream of playing for the Proteas.

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Without your assistance and support, I would not be where I am now. Thank you to Faf Du Plessis, who welcomed me back after being released from the international team the first time, and who has supported and helped me become a better player.”

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“I leave the Proteas knowing that every time I went onto the field, I gave it my all. From playing with broken toes, fingers, and injured muscles to carrying beverages, attending team meetings, and assisting other players wherever I could, I did it all. It’s been a lot of fun. Thank you to all of the fans for your love and support; you made it extra special.” Pretorius will play for Durban’s Super Giants in the new SA20 competition, which begins on January 10.



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