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Dwaine Pretorius, a South African all-rounder, has announced his international retirement

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) organization made the announcement today. The 33-year-old has played in 30 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), 27 One-Day Internationals (ODI), and three Tests for South Africa since making his international debut in 2016.

Additionally, he has competed in two World Cups. With his 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021, Pretorius holds the record for the highest score by a South African bowler in T20Is. He then took nine wickets at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates later that year. Additionally, he has scored 261 runs at a strike rate of 164.15.

He has played in the Indian Premier League, The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League, and most recently the inaugural Betway SA20 due to his performance for the Proteas.

“I made one of the most difficult decisions of my cricket career a few days ago. I have made the decision to step down from all international cricket.

My only objective in life was to represent the Proteas when I was a child. God blessed me with talent and a strong determination to succeed, even though I had no idea how it would turn out. He was in charge of the rest.

For the remainder of my career, I will shift my focus to T20 and other shorter formats.

I can work toward becoming the best short-format player I can be by becoming a free agent. I will be able to better strike a balance between my professional life and my family’s needs.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone whose contributions to my professional life have been significant. The physiotherapists, coaches, and trainers who helped me are as follows:

Enoch Nkwe is the coach of the Colts and Lions; Riaan Nieuwoudt is the school coach; Monty Jacobs is the coach of the North West; Gordon Parsons is the coach of the Lions; Dave Nosworthy is the coach of the Lions; Russell Domingo is the coach of the Proteas; Justin Sammons is the coach of the Batting; Ottis Gibson is the coach of the Proteas; Graig Govender

My career has been influenced by every player I’ve played with or against over the years, including you. It’s hard to pick just a few because so many players had an impact, but I can mention a few with whom I was fortunate to spend a lot of time:

Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Steven Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil Mackenzie, and Andrea Agathagelou deserve special mention.

We spent countless hours training together in an effort to achieve our goal of playing for the Proteas. Andrea Agathagelou deserves special mention. Without all of your help and support, I’m certain I wouldn’t be where I am today.

A special mention needs to be made of Faf Du Plessis, who supported me and helped me become a better player after I was let go from the international team for the first time; I’m grateful.

To my brother, parents, and mom. You made numerous sacrifices to assist me in achieving my dream when I was first starting to play cricket. supporting me by traveling throughout the North West and South Africa, spending the holidays next to the cricket field, and a great deal more. I never would have made it this far without your help.

Lastly, my son and wife. You have been there for me every step of the way, and you have never made me feel bad about being away for weeks or months at a time. You never stopped supporting me and encouraging me, no matter how difficult it was.

I leave the Proteas team knowing that I gave everything I had every time I took the field. From carrying drinks, attending team meetings, and assisting other players wherever I could while playing with broken toes, fingers, and muscles. It’s been fantastic.

It was made even more special by the love and support of all the fans.

Enoch Nkwe, Cricket Director for the CSA, added: We appreciate Dwaine’s contributions to South African cricket. He has always worn the Proteas uniform with the utmost pride, determination, and dedication, putting everything he had into the game.

We wish you the best of luck as you move forward in your career, Dwaine.

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