Dale Steyn Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

South Africa’s ace bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from the longest format of cricket. Cricket South Africa posted a tweet on Steyn’s retirement.

The 36-year-old will continue to play in the white-ball cricket as confirmed by Cricket South Africa in another tweet. Steyn played his last test match against Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth earlier this year in February. In the two matches, he picked 6 wickets.

Steyn has amassed 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 from 93 matches he played in the white jersey. His career’s best figures are 7/51 that came against India at Nagpur in 2010. South Africa went on to win that match by 6 runs and an innings.

Dale Steyn ends up as South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker in test cricket after he surpassed Shaun Pollock’s tally of 421 in the Pakistan series. He is the eighth bowler in charts of most wickets in test cricket in the world.

Dale Steyn has dismissed Michael Clarke nine times the most in his career followed by Mohammad Hafeez’s eight dismissals in test cricket. The pacer has 26 fifers in his test career. He was the test player of the year in 2008.

Injury Prone

Steyn’s career has been on and off the field as he sustained injuries on numerous occasions. missed more than a year of Test cricket from late 2016 to early 2018 because of shoulder problems. He also injured his ankle in the home series against India which was his comeback after a long time.

Steyn was named in the 15-man Proteas squad for the 2019 World Cup but was ruled out as he had received a second shoulder injury during the training sessions. He had already sustained a shoulder injury during IPL this year where he could only play two games for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Steyn would be delighted to retire from a format he almost played for 15 years and now his complete focus will be on next year’s T20 World Cup.

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