Legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket. The 36-year-old pacer however, would continue to play for South Africa in One-Day and T20 Internationals.
In his statement he called Test cricket the “best version of the 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’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats,” his statement added.
Steyn has been battling a series of injuries in recent times. In December 2015, he injured his shoulder in the Durban Test versus England and was ruled out of the rest of the rubber. Dr Steve Roche conducted the surgery to re-attach his coracoid. Unfortunately, for Steyn, he again injured the coracoid process – which in turn helps to articulate the tip of the upper arm (called the humerus) and the collar bone – during the Perth Test in 2016. Steyn returned for the Test series against India in 2018, but only to sustain a “freakish” foot injury.
He made a successful comeback to the Test arena during the 2018-19, playing against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, he suffered another shoulder problem during the IPL 2019 and subsequently, couldn’t play in the World Cup due to the injury.
Steyn began playing Test Cricket in December 2004 against England at Port Elizabeth. In his long 15 year long Test career he picked up 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. He played a crucial role for South Africa to post a historic Test series win in Australia in 2008-09 by picking up a 10-wicket haul in the match and also a crucial fifty in the MCG Test.
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