South African pacer, Dale Steyn announces his retirement from test cricket
JOHANNESBURG: South African pacer and one of the greatest of the modern era Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket in a bid to extend his longevity in the shorter forms of the game.
In a statement, Dale Steyn said, “Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much.”
He 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 look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats,” he added.
Dale Steyn took 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95. He held the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowler rankings for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.
Steyn was one of South Africa’s greatest match-winners. South Africa won 48 of the Tests in which he played and he was a member of South African teams that won consecutive series in England and Australia in both 2008 and 2012, becoming the number one ranked team in the world in 2012.