AB de Villiers retires from international cricket
Proteas batman, AB de Villiers, on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.
De Villiers bows out of international cricket as one of the greatest players to have represented South Africa, having played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 78 T20 Internationals.
The 34-year-old says ‘the time is right’ for him to hang up his boots, bringing a close to a sterling 14-year career.
I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” he said on Wednesday.
“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.
“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.
“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing.
“I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team mates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.
“It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on.
“Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the World, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.
“I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”
De Villiers’ records and statistics are a true measure of the skill and brilliance he brought to the crease.
He holds a phenomenal number of milestones to his name; the World Record for the fastest ODI 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls), the second highest individual Test score for South Africa (278*), the highest points (935) by a South African on the ICC Test rankings and has claimed the coveted SA Cricketer of the Year award twice (2014 and 2015).
He retires with an incredible Test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest run-scorer for South Africa with 8765 runs (22 100’s).
His exploits in the limited-overs formats have been extraordinary, and he finishes as the No.2 ranked player in the world and as the second highest run-scorer behind Jacques Kallis with 9577 runs at an average of 53.50.
CSA president, Chris Nenzani said: “AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels.
“What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team mates whether playing at international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters.
“It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played.
“We thank him for the contribution he has made to South African cricket and specifically to make the Standard Bank Proteas world leaders and we wish him and his family everything of the best in his future endeavours.”
CSA Acting chief executive, Thabang Moroe, says it is a disappointing decision but one that is respected.
Moroe said: “AB has been a colossus on the world stage for well over a decade and we are indeed grateful that most of this time he has been wearing the colours of our beloved Standard Bank Proteas.
“We all have our standout memories of his career and they are all very happy ones. I think particularly of the way he was embraced by the whole of India when he led the Proteas to their ODI Series victory in India a few years ago.
“He has captained the Proteas with distinction in all the international formats and his many achievements include making our first double century in a Test in India in 2008 and being a key member of our Test side when they scored their first ever away series wins in England and Australia and ascended to the No. 1 ranking in 2012.
“His ability to improvise has made him known as Mr. 360 degrees in white ball cricket and we will never ever forget those remarkable innings that earned him the fastest 50. 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
“We are immensely grateful for what he has meant to South African cricket in all its constituencies and we wish him and his family everything of the best for the future.”
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
Jonny Bairstow first winner of Bob Willis Trophy for England player of the year
The 33-year-old batter averaged 75.66 in Tests this year with four centuries.
T20 World Cup 2022
Kisma News: T20 World Cup 2022: Which Asian team has the greatest chance at the World Cup?
The eighth edition of the T20I World Cup is starting in the next 13 days, with Australia entering the tournament as defending champions…
‘Sorry, I’m done’ – Moeen Ali closes door on possible return to Test cricket
The 35-year-old retired from the longest format last year but hinted in June that he could be tempted back under the guidance of Brendon McCullum.
England’s Jonny Bairstow rules himself out of T20 World Cup due to injury
The 33-year-old is unsure when he will be fit to return.
Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of India’s Twenty20 World Cup squad
Bumrah is one of the leading seam bowlers in world cricket and his absence is a major setback to India.
Matthew Mott ‘close’ to knowing England’s first-choice World Cup Twenty20 team
The head coach has hinted hint that Harry Brook has forced his way in following the series win in Pakistan.
Teams will fear us – Moeen Ali turns attention to T20 World Cup after series win
England beat Pakistan in the deciding seventh T20 in Lahore.
England finish with a flourish in Lahore to wrap up T20 series win over Pakistan
Dawid Malan led the way with an unbeaten 78 as the tourists won the decider in the seven-match series by 67 runs.
Dawid Malan shines as England set Pakistan 210 to win Twenty20 series decider
Harry Brook added an unbeaten 46 as England made 209 for three in Lahore.
David Saker backs England bowlers to make splash at Twenty20 World Cup
He has been working closely with the team over the course of an entertaining back-and-forth series.