The highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Test matches, Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from the format with immediate effect. He played 93 Tests and picked 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 and with best bowling figures of 7/51.
Cricket South Africa announced the news of his retirement and mentioned that he continues to be a nationally contracted player for the 2019/2020 season in white-ball cricket and therefore remains available for the Standard Bank Proteas in both One-Day International and T20 International cricket.
“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport, " said Steyn.
Steyn had made his Test debut in 2004 against England at Port Elizabeth and as 196 ODI wickets and 61 T20I wickets to his name.
“I’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats. Thank you.” Steyn signed off.
(Inputs from Cricket South Africa)