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Dwaine Pretorius retires from internationals to focus on T20s

Dwaine Pretorius, an all-around player for South Africa, has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket. For the remainder of his career, he declared, “I am changing my concentration to T20 and other shorter forms.”

Pretorius participated in 30 T20Is, 27 ODIs, and 3 Test matches while claiming 77 wickets overall. He also participated in two World Cups and held the record for South Africa’s greatest bowling statistics in Twenty20 international matches (5 for 17 against Pakistan).

He is one of 16 players with a national CSA contract for 2022–23 that goes until March, and he finishes with a T20I-hitting strike rate of 164. His statement from the CSA said, “Being a free agent will help me reach my goal of being the best short-format player I can be.” I will be able to better combine my professional and family lives by doing this.

He had jobs in the IPL (Chennai Super Kings), the Hundred (Welsh Fire), the CPL, and Durban Super Giants in the SA20, where he was selected for Rand 4.1 million. He is now in high demand in franchise competitions (USD 240,000 approx.).

Pretorius established himself as a late-blooming all-rounder and, early on, due to knee ailments, traded speed for accuracy. In an ODI against Ireland in 2016, he made his South African debut, scoring his first fifty in the second innings. However, by 2019, he had all but given up on playing for foreign teams and was prepared to sign a Kolpak contract with Nottinghamshire.

Pretorius earned his Test debut later in 2019, but a change in CSA leadership and the appointment of Graeme Smith as director of cricket persuaded him to sign a national contract. “A particular mention goes to Faf Du Plessis,” the player stated.

“He took me back after I was fired from the international team the first time and backed me and helped me become a better player.” Additionally, Pretorius expressed gratitude to Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie van Der Dussen, Stephen Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil McKenzie, and all of his trainers from all levels.

My sole ambition in life growing up was to play for the Proteas, he claimed. From carrying beverages, attending team meetings, and playing with broken toes, fingers, and torn muscles to supporting fellow players wherever possible. It’s been a lot of fun. We appreciate all of the love and support from the fans, who added an additional unique touch.

At the very least, Pretorius is anticipated to have a full cricket schedule over the upcoming eight months. The SA20 begins on Tuesday and lasts through February 11; the IPL will run from March through May or early June; and the Hundred will start in August. Before the ODI World Cup in October, South Africa will host England, West Indies, Netherlands, and Australia.

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