South African all-rounder Dwayne Pretorius on Monday decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect. The 33-year-old, who made his international debut in 2016, has represented South Africa in all three formats in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs and three Tests. He has also participated in a few World Cups.
Announcing his retirement, Dwayne Pretorius said in his statement, “A few days back, I took one of the toughest decisions of my cricketing career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket. The only goal was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it was going to happen but God gave me the talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands.
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He further said, “I am focusing on T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career. Being a free agent will help me achieve my goal of becoming the best player in the short-format. I will be able to balance my career and family life better.I would like to thank everyone who played a big role in my career.
Dwayne Pretorius also expressed his gratitude towards former captain Faf du Plessis, as he said, “A special mention goes to Faf du Plessis, who brought me back after the first time I was dropped from the international team and who supported me and made me better.” Helped to become. Player; Thank you.”
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The Proteas all-rounder set the record for the best figures by a South African bowler in T20Is with his spell of 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021. Later that year, he took nine wickets in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. in United Arab Emirates. He also has 261 runs to his name at a strike rate of 164.15.
Dwayne Pretorius has also been a part of various franchise-based tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and most recently the inaugural SA20.