Dwaine Pretorius of South Africa retires from international cricket at 33 wants to shift focus to T20s

South Africa allrounder Dwaine Pretorius has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. “I am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career,” he said.

Pretorius played 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs and three Tests and taken 77 wickets across formats. He has also featured in two World Cups and holds the South Africa T20I record for best bowling figures (5 for 17 against Pakistan) and had had a T20I batting strike-rate of 164.

“Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be,” he said in a statement from CSA. “By doing this, I will be able to have a better balance in my career and family life.”

He is currently much sought after in T20 franchise leagues with gigs in the IPL (Chennai Super Kings), The Hundred (Welsh Fire), CPL and with the Durban Super Giants in the SA20 where he was picked up for 4.1 million rand (approx USD 240,000).

“Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas, he said. “I didn’t know how it was going to happen,but God gave me talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands.

I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I stepped on to the field, I gave everything I had inme. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles, to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could. It has been a blast. Thank you to all the fans for your support and love -you made it extra special.”

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