- Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has announced his unexpected retirement from international cricket.
- The 33-year-old has played 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs and three Tests for the Proteas in his six-year international career.
- Pretorius stated that he wants to be a “free agent” and will continue to play T20 leagues around the world.
Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has confirmed his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
Cricket South Africa confirmed in a press release on Monday that Pretorius decided to end his six-year Proteas career.
Pretorius, who made his international debut against Ireland in an ODI in 2016, has represented South Africa in all three formats – playing in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs and three Tests.
The 33-year-old has also competed in two World Cups but was ruled out of Australia’s T20 World Cup last year.
Pretorius’ last game for the Proteas was in October last year where he suffered a left thumb fracture during the third T20I against India in Indore after taking three for 26.
“We would like to thank Dwaine for all his services to South African cricket. He has always represented the badge with the utmost pride, determination and dedication, leaving everything on the pitch every time he put on the Proteas shirt,” said CSA director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe.
“His all-round ability added to his value as a player and his quality will undoubtedly be missed. Farewell Dwaine, we wish you well as you take the next step in your career.”
In his statement, Pretorius stated that he is excited to be a free agent, which will help him balance his family and career.
“I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I took the field I gave everything I had in me. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could,” Pretorius wrote.
“It was amazing. Thank you to all the fans for your support and love, you made it extra special.”
Pretorius impressed in the T20I arena and holds the record for the best figures by a South African bowler in T20Is with his 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021.
Later that year, he claimed nine wickets and 261 runs with a strike rate of 164.15 at the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.
His performances for the Proteas have earned him stints in leagues around the world including the Indian Premier League, The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League and the upcoming SA20.
Pretorius will be in action for the Durban Super Giants in the inaugural SA20, which kicks off on Tuesday.
The Durban Super Giants kick off their campaign against Joburg Super Kings at Kingsmead on Wednesday (5:30pm).
Pretorius’ statement reads as follows:
“A few days ago I made one of the toughest decisions of my cricket career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket.
“Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it would happen, but God gave me talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in His hands.
“I’m shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career.
“Being a free agent will allow me to achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be. By doing this I will be able to better balance my career and family life .
“I want to thank everyone who has played a major role in my career. These are all the coaches, trainers and physios who have supported me:
“Enoch Nkwe (Coach Colts – Lions), Riaan Nieuwoudt (School Coach), Monty Jacobs (North West), Gordon Parsons (Lions Bowling Coach), Dave Nosworthy (Lions Coach), Russell Domingo (Proteas), Justin Sammons (Batting Coach) , Ottis Gibson (Proteas), Graig Govender (Physio Proteas and Lions), Geoffrey Toyana (Lions Coach), Jeff Lanskey (Lions Fitness) and Mark Boucher (Proteas Coach).
“All the players I’ve played with and against over the years have had an impact on my career. It’s so hard to single out just one or two because there are so many players who have had an impact, but i can name a few i was lucky enough 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 a special mention must go to Andrea Agathagelou, we have spent hours and hours training together in an effort to achieve goal by playing for the Proteas. Without a doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today without all your help and support.
“A special mention goes to Faf du Plessis who brought me back after my first dismissal from the international side and supported me and helped me become a better player; thank you.
“To my mum, dad and brother. During my early days of cricket you made so many sacrifices to help me achieve my dream. Driving all over North West and South Africa to support me, spending December holidays next to the cricket ground and more much more Without your support I would never have gotten to where I am today.
“Finally, my wife and son. You supported me all the way through and never made me feel like I was gone for weeks or months at a time. No matter how hard it was, you always continued to encourage and support me.
“I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I took the field I gave everything I had in me. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could.It was great.
“Thank you to all the fans for your support and love, you made it extra special.”