South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius announces retirement from the international cricket world

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On Monday, South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately. The 33-year-old, who made his debut in 2016, had a successful career representing South Africa in 30 T20 Internationals (T20I), 27 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Tests, as well as two World Cups.

“A few days ago I made one of the hardest 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,” Pretorius said in a statement.

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“I am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career. Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be. By doing this, I will be able to find a better balance between my career and my family life. I want to thank everyone who has played a big role in my career,” he added.

Pretorius also showed gratitude to former captain Faf du Plessis saying: “A special mention goes to Faf Du Plessis who brought me back after being let go from the international side for the first time and supported me and helped me become a better player ; thanks.”

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Pretorius holds the record for the best figures by a South African bowler in T20Is with his remarkable 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021. Later that year, he took an impressive nine wickets in the UAE’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He also has an impressive 261 runs to his credit with a strike rate of 164.15.

He has also been part of some of the world’s most prestigious cricket leagues including the Indian Premier League, The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League and most recently the inaugural SA20.

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Pretorius is likely to have a hectic cricket schedule for the next eight months. The SA20 starts on Tuesday and runs until February 11, the IPL starts in March and ends in May or early June, and the Hundred starts in August. Meanwhile, South Africa will host England, the West Indies, the Netherlands and Australia for the ODI World Cup in October.

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