CAPE TOWN – Proteas star AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all international cricket.
right-handed batsman, who has just completed the IPL season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), made the surprise announcement on Wednesday in a video
recorded at the Tuks Cricket Oval in
“I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers said.
“After 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals, and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn, and to be honest, I’m tired.
“This is a tough decision. I thought long and hard about it, and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket.
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“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and when, and in what format, I play for the Proteas.
“For me, in green and gold, it must be everything, or nothing.”
The 34-year-old De Villiers ended with 22 Test hundreds and 8 765 Test runs, at an average of 50.66, and in ODIs, he scored 9 577 runs, with 25 hundreds and an average of 53.50.
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“I will always be grateful for my teammates, the coaches and the staff of Cricket South
“It’s not about earning more somewhere else. It’s about running out of gas, and feeling that it’s time to move on. Everything comes to an end.
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“I have no plans to play overseas. In fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket.
“And I will remain the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas. Thank you.”