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South African Fast Bowler Dale Steyn retires from Test Cricket

South African Fast Bowler Dale Steyn retires from Test Cricket

South Africa’s leading wicket-taker Dale Steyn has retired from Test cricket to prolong his playing career. The 36-year-old fast bowler, who was forced out of the World Cup this summer by a shoulder injury, made his Test debut in 2004 and took 439 wickets.

Dale Steyn retires from Test Cricket

The 36-year-old fast bowler, who was forced out of the World Cup this summer by a shoulder injury, made his Test debut in 2004 and took 439 wickets.

He will continue to be available for one-day and T20 internationals.

“It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all,” he said.

Steyn is eighth in the all-time Test bowling list and took 26 five-wicket hauls, with a best of 7-51.

“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much,” he added.

“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.

“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 look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats.”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Thabang Moroe hailed Steyn as “undoubtedly one of the all-time greats of cricket”.

“He has been one of the standout fast bowlers in world cricket. He has led the South African attack brilliantly and has set the standard for our future generations to follow,” said a “saddened” Moroe.

“More than that he has been a wonderful mentor to our next generation of speedsters.”

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