The South African Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from cricket
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from cricket.
Considered one of the best bowlers of his generation, the 38-year-old made the announcement on social media and launched his 18-year professional career.
Steyn said on Twitter: “Today I’m officially withdrawing from the game that I love most. Bitter sweet but graceful.
“Thanks to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
Steyn, who made his test debut on home soil against England in 2004, added: “It’s been 20 years of training, games, traveling, victories, defeats, ankle buckles, jet lag, joy and brotherhood.
“There are too many stories to tell. Too many faces to say thank you. “
Steyn appeared in 93 test matches for South Africa, took 439 wickets and played his final Test against Sri Lanka in 2019 before announcing his retirement from Test cricket in August of that year to focus on cricket with limited overs.
He played for four England County Championship teams – Essex, Warwickshire, Glamorgan and Hampshire – and joined the Kandy Tuskers for the 2020 Lanka Premier League last November.
Steyn was named ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year and Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World in 2013 and was number one in the ICC test rankings for 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.