Dale Steyn retirement: Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect.
Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has retired from test cricket with immediate effect. The 36-year old fast bowler has ended a 15-year old career amidst frequent injuries hampering his progress at the highest level.
“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. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all,” Steyn said in his statement.
Having made his Test debut against England at Port Elizabeth in 2004, Steyn last played in the whites against Sri Lanka at the same venue earlier this year.
In 93 Tests, Steyn dismissed 439 runs at an average of 22.95, an economy rate of 3.24 and a strike rate of 42.3. Other than his 26 five-wicket hauls in Tests, Steyn also scored 1,251 runs at an average of 13.59 including a couple of half-centuries.
“I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s…”
Other than thanking everyone during his journey, Steyn also mentioned that he will continue playing in the limited-over formats. “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.
“I’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats. Thank you,” Steyn added in his statement.
Steyn has hung his boots as the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Test matches. Overall, he is the eighth-highest wicket-taker in the format. Among the fast bowlers, Steyn is the fifth-highest wicket-taker.
Dale Steyn retirement:
The lowest strike-rate of any bowler with more than 200 Test wickets 👏
More Test wickets than any other South African cricketer 🙌
Top of the ICC MRF Tyres Test bowling rankings for 263 weeks 😱
A great of Test cricket retires today. pic.twitter.com/fDt0GYInyU
— ICC (@ICC) August 5, 2019
Best strike-rates for bowlers in Test matches (minimum 200 wickets):
DALE STEYN 42.3
Waqar Younis 43.4
Malcolm Marshall 46.7
Allan Donald 47.0
Vernon Philander 48.6
Fred Trueman 49.4
Mitchell Starc 49.9#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 5, 2019
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 5, 2019
Cricket South Africa: Dale Steyn 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. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/GPoMiw3IIB
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
After 93 Tests and 439 Test wickets, the Proteas speedster today bids adieu to Test cricket. We enjoyed the contest in whites with you.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 2019
Dale Steyn won Test series for South Africa –
And drawn twice in India…He received MOM award everywhere… South Africa never lost a Test series with him in Aus/Eng/Ind/NZ…
— JSK (@imjsk27) August 5, 2019
— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) August 5, 2019
With Dale Steyn announcing his retirement from Test cricket, here’s every wicket he took on Aussie soil. Legend. pic.twitter.com/1pScSNhp8X
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 5, 2019
— BET.co.za (@betcoza) August 5, 2019
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