Speedstar Dale Steyn announces retirement from Test cricket
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket. Pacer said that he made the decision to prolong his career. Steyn played 93 Test matches for South Africa and took 439 wickets at 22.95. He has 26 five wicket hauls in red ball cricket.
Steyn will end his Test cricket as the eighth leading wicket-taker of all time with a best bowling figures of 7-51 and highest wicket taker ever for South Africa. One of the greatest fast bowlers in history has surpassed Shaun Pollock’s record of most wickets in Tests for South Africa earlier this year. He made his Test debut in 2004. The 36-year old will continue to be available for ODIs and T20Is.
His strike-rate of 42.3 balls per wicket in Test matches is the best among all with more than 200 Test wickets. Steyn has spent 263 weeks atop the ICC Test Bowling Rankings which is also a record. However his career has been affected by injury in recent years which also ruled him out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much,” Dale Steyn said. “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’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.”