South African pacer Dale Steyn on Monday announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.
Cricket South Africa confirmed the news via a post on Twitter. “#CSAnews #BreakingNews @DaleSteyn62 has brought down the curtain on one of the great fast bowling Test careers of the modern era when he announced his retirement from red-ball cricket with immediate effect,” CSA tweeted.
“He continues to be a national 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,” CSA said in another tweet.
Dale Steyn finishes the Test format with 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. Steyn is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the Test format, as he went past Shaun Pollock earlier this year.
“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.” – @DaleSteyn62,” CSA tweeted.
Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on limited-overs cricket.
“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 maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.” @DaleSteyn62,” CSA further tweeted.
Steyn had missed the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup due to an injury. He was named in the team’s squad for the tournament, but he was later ruled out due to the shoulder injury.
He represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but after taking part in two matches, the pacer was ruled out due to the injury. (ANI)